Issues raised by HIQA about disabilities service in Leitrim have been addressed

The Health Service Executive says it has addressed many of the issues raised in a recent inspection of a centre in Leitrim.

Serious problems were identified in a centre disabilities service, such as fire safety, staffing and the premises itself.

In September, the Health Information and Quality Authority carried out an unannounced inspection on the Carrick-Rooskey Services, which has two houses that cater for people with an intellectual disability.

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The HSE says it has made significant progress on addressing the noncompliant areas.

It says a new premises has been identified for one residential house within the designated centre and lease arrangements are currently being agreed.

It says effective fire-safety management systems have now been put in place within the designated centre.

Regarding workforce issues that were highlighted, the HSE claims adequate staffing arrangements have been put in place to meet the assessed social-care needs of residents.

It also notes Hiqa described the centre as well maintained, providing residents with individualised care in a comfortable and homely living environment.

It also notes staff were found to be knowledgeable of resident’s needs and wishes, and the person in charge had implemented effective systems to monitor and oversee the care delivery to residents.