Older people's services publication statement 29 November 2018

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Today, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 27 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 27 reports published today, inspectors found evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards in 20 centres. Inspections in the centres found that residents’ needs were generally being met and care was being delivered in line with the National Standards and regulations.

However, evidence of non-compliance was found in seven centres. In these seven centres, residents’ needs were not always being met in line with the regulations and standards. Inspectors identified non-compliances in areas such as governance and management; notification of incidents; complaints procedure; infection control; residents' rights; premises; risk management; training and staff development; personal possessions; fire precautions; and individual assessment and care plan.