Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kilkenny nursing home closed over concerns for residents

Fiona Ellis

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has secured a court order to close the Avondale Private Nursing Home in Callan, Co Kilkenny.

The HSE says it is working to find alternative accommodation for the 12 residents. It took over the running of the centre yesterday following concerns for the safety of the residents.

The facility, which had been run by Miriam Holmes, accommodates both female and male residents aged 55 and over.

There is room for 33 residents but currently there are just 12 patients after some were moved from the home in recent days.

The HSE said its priorities at this time are to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the residents, assess and cater for their needs and work towards sourcing alternative appropriate accommodation.

"Residents and their next of kin will be consulted and fully involved in their transfer to another care facility and ongoing support will be provided throughout this process to minimise any impact on those involved."

At the end of September and beginning of October 2009 the home was assessed by HIQA.

The inspection found many faults with the management and facilities in the home including lack of suitable staff at key times of the day, need for more recreation for patients and improvement was needed for the privacy of patients.

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