Older people's services publication statement 27 April 2023
The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 48 inspection reports on residential centres for older people. Inspections were carried out between November 2022 and February 2023. 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 a number of inspections. HIQA found that 18 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 22 centres non-compliant with three regulations or less, and eight centres non-compliant with four or more regulations. On these inspections, non-compliance was identified in areas including; fire precautions, governance and management, premises, staffing, directory of residents, infection control, residents' rights, protection, individual assessment and care plan, and notification of incidents.
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.