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Residential Centers for Older People Undergo HIQA Inspection, Highlight Compliance and Improvement Needs

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The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 50 inspection reports on residential centers for older people, covering inspections carried out between December 2023 and May 2024. The Chief Inspector of Social Services is responsible for independently regulating designated centers for older people to ensure compliance with the Health Act (2007) Regulations and the National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland (2016). This regulation is essential to ensure that residents in these services are safe and well cared for.

Of the 50 reports published, inspectors found evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards in several inspections. Six thematic inspection reports focusing on the use of restrictive practices were found to be compliant or substantially compliant with the National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland. Additionally, 16 centers were either fully compliant or substantially compliant with the regulations. These compliant residential centers were generally meeting residents’ needs and delivering care in line with national standards and regulations.

HIQA Reports Highlight Non-Compliance Issues in Residential Centers for Older People

The reports indicated varying levels of non-compliance in the remaining inspections. Sixteen residential centers were non-compliant with three regulations or less, while 12 centers were non-compliant with four or more regulations. Non-compliance was identified in several areas, including residents’ rights, protection, individual assessment and care plans, premises, persons in charge, complaints procedures, notification of incidents, governance and management, training and staff development, and staffing.

These areas of non-compliance highlight significant issues that need to be addressed to ensure the well-being of residents. Where non-compliance with the regulations was identified, providers were required to submit compliance plans to demonstrate how they would make improvements and come into compliance with the regulations.

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HIQA Stresses Importance of Compliance Plans for Residential Centers’ Quality and Safety

These compliance plans are crucial for ensuring that corrective actions are taken promptly and that residents receive the care and protection they need. The submission and implementation of these plans are monitored by HIQA to ensure that improvements are made. The publication of these 50 inspection reports by HIQA underscores the importance of regulatory oversight in maintaining the quality and safety of residential care settings for older people.

While many residential centers were found to be compliant and provide good care, the reports also highlight areas needing significant improvement. Ensuring compliance with the Health Act and National Standards is essential for protecting the rights and well-being of residents in these residential centers.


Resource: Health Information and Quality Authority, July 11, 2024

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