Thursday 15 November 2018

Half of residents in private nursing home at high nutritional risk, inspection report finds

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Eilish O’Regan

An audit of elderly residents in a private nursing home found that half were at high nutritional risk, an inspection report has revealed.

The inspection of Silvergrove Nursing Home, Main St, Clonee, Co Meath last August found the plan to address this was not implemented and the majority of residents who were scheduled for weekly weigh- ins were only weighed monthly.

The report by Hiqa also found that supervision of and assistance provided to residents who took meals in their bedrooms also needed improvement.

The inspectors also criticised the inherent risks in having one nurse administer medications while also providing nursing care and supervising residents.

Inspectors observed that the nurse was interrupted on several occasions while doing the morning medication round, to meet health professionals and support health care staff when requested.

The medication round took two and a half hours.

Inspectors found instances where the care delivered was not in line with residents plans.

Inspectors observed a warm, friendly relationship between the staff and residents. The residents were well groomed.

However, staff reported that staffing levels were not adequate and they were rushed when providing care.

The unannounced inspection was triggered following the receipt of information which raised concerns abut staffing, safeguarding and management of the designated centre.

While the concerns raised were not substantiated the findings of the inspection were that the provider had not ensured there were appropriate  systems and processes in place to underpin the safe delivery and oversight of the service.

An action plan for the home to address the issues has  been set out with deadlines.

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