Residential homes will now face inspections
RESIDENTIAL homes for people with an intellectual disability are to be subjected to inspection for the first time to ensure they are meeting standards of care and safety, writes Eilish O'Regan.
The inspections, which can be announced or unannounced, will be carried out from the beginning of next month by newly recruited inspectors at the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).
There have been concerns about quality of care in some homes and the lack of scrutiny to detect or prevent abuse.
Announcing the inspections, Minister of State with responsibility for Disability Kathleen Lynch said the aim would be to go "softly softly" and encourage improvements for the first two years, but any serious health and safety concerns would have to be dealt with immediately.