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25 care homes non-compliant with some regulations

Fifty inspection reports on residential centres for older people have been released by HIQA.

The Health Information and Quality Authority said the inspections were carried out over an eight month period between May and December 2023.

21 centres were found to be non-compliant with three regulations or less and four centres were non-compliant regarding four or more regulations.

Non-compliance was identified in areas including; governance and management, training and staff development, notification of incidents, healthcare, fire precautions, staffing, personal possessions, and residents’ rights.

However, overall HIQA inspectors reported evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards.

Nine inspection reports focusing on the use of restrictive practices were found to be compliant or substantially compliant with national standards for Older People in Ireland.

A further 16 centres were either fully compliant or substantially compliant with the regulations.

In general, these centres were found to be meeting residents’ needs and delivering care in line with the national standards and regulations.

HIQA said in centres where non-compliance was identified, the providers were required to submit compliance plans to demonstrate how they will make improvements and come into compliance with the regulations.

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