New standards of care for those with disabilities
OPERATORS of residential services for children and adults with disabilities will have to notify inspectors of serious accidents, emergency evacuations and all allegations of abuse under new regulations.
The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published information for service providers ahead of the commencement of the new standards which are expected to come into force from September 1 next.
All residential centres will be inspected over the next three years and reports will be published on the HIQA website.
The authority said it views the use of both physical and medical restraint as a "very serious matter".
While there is currently no official national policy on the use of restraints, HIQA warned providers they will have to ensure a restraint-free environment is promoted.