Older people's services publication statement 23 February 2023

Date of publication:

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 51 inspection reports on residential centres for older people. Inspections were carried out between July and November 2022. The Chief Inspector has statutory responsibility for independently regulating designated centres for older people for compliance with the Health Act (2007) Regulations and the National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland (2016), to ensure that the people living in these services are safe and well cared for.

Of the 51 reports published, inspectors found evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards in a number of inspections. HIQA found that 19 centres were either fully compliant or substantially compliant with the national standards and regulations. In general, these centres were found to be meeting residents’ needs and delivering care in line with the national standards and regulations. 

Levels of non-compliance varied in the remaining inspection reports, with 20 centres non-compliant with three regulations or less, and 12 centres non-compliant with four or more regulations. On these inspections, non-compliance was identified in areas including; individual assessment and care plan, training and staff development, protection, staffing, fire precautions, governance and management, complaints procedure, premises, infection control, and fire precautions.

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

A full list of reports published today accompanies this statement. 

Reports and compliance plans can be found at the link below.

  • Reports published 23 February 2023