National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland

Date of publication: 
Monday, March 9, 2009

It is widely recognised that Ireland is at a crossroads in the way we, as a society, care for our older people. In times past, the extended family meant that as people grew older they remained in the family home cared for by their relatives. This is no longer the norm, with more and more people moving into residential care settings as they grow older. This raises challenges in terms of how we protect the rights of older people who live in residential care settings and ensure that they are able to lead as full lives as possible in a caring, respectful environment.

In response to this challenge, the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People have been developed by the Health Information and Quality Authority (the Authority). They set out what a quality, safe service for an older person living in a residential care setting should be. For service providers, these Standards provide a road map of continuous improvement to support the continued development and provision of person-centred, accountable care.

Read the Draft Standards (March 2008) and the Consultation document (August 2007).