Older people's services publication statement 24 April 2019

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The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 48 inspection reports on residential centres for older people. 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 48 reports published, inspectors found evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards in 39 centres. In general, these centres were found to be meeting residents’ needs and delivering care in line with the National Standards and regulations.

Inspectors found evidence of non-compliance in nine centres. In these centres, the provider failed to ensure that the service delivered to residents was effectively monitored in line with the regulations and standards. Inspectors identified non-compliances in areas including governance and management; residents' rights; staffing; training and staff development; premises; risk management; infection control; medicines and pharmaceutical services; fire precautions; and volunteers. 

A full list of reports published accompanies this statement.