Positive HIQA report for nursing home
A number of issues around dining in the dementia unit have been highlighted in what is an otherwise very positive HIQA report for Dunlavin Nursing Home.
HIQA carried out an announced inspection of Dunlavin Nursing Home in April.
In a report published last week, inspectors found Dunlavin Nursing Home had met all the requirements of the regulations but noted six areas as 'substantially compliant' requiring some action to be deemed as fully compliant.
The six areas included governance and management, end of life, individual assessment and care plan and residents' rights.
While the inspectors noted that the layout and design of the centre 'met the individual and collective needs of residents to a good standard.' They raised concerns that the layout of the dining room in the dementia unit 'did not provide sufficient dining accommodation for some residents during mealtimes.'
Inspectors observed five residents of the dementia unit 'dining in the sitting room and did not have a choice to take their meals in the dining room.'
HIQA inspectors also suggested a review of existing arrangements for facilitating recreational activities in the sitting room in the dementia unit because not all residents were involved in 'an accredited sensory programme' and the activity was 'interrupted by other residents entering and leaving the room.'
The HIQA inspectors also said notes of activities residents participated in and their level of interest were not 'consistently recorded'.
Dunlavin Nursing Home management had the opportunity to respond to the queries raised by the HIQA inspectors before the report's publication and their replies included within the HIQA report. Dunlavin Nursing Home management said a sitting plan is used to ensure residents who wish to avail of a dining place are facilitated. They said that the dining room is 'freely accessible' and 'can accommodate residents to partake in recreational activities in the dementia unit'. Meanwhile, the activity co-ordinator and care staff would document residents' feedback about actitivies with further training to be put in place to ensure a consistent recording of activities. Dunlavin Nursing Home is part of Silver Stream Healthcare Group which declined to comment on the Wicklow People's queries.