Areas of concern highlighted at Roscommon care home

Jan 26, 2022 13:01 By Shannonside News
Areas of concern highlighted at Roscommon care home Areas of concern highlighted at Roscommon care home
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Residents spoke of their happiness with staff and life at the centre.

Several areas of concern have been highlighted at a HSE run Care home in Roscommon.

Aras Mhathair Phoil in Castlerea is responsible for up to 30 people in need of long or short term care.

An unannounced HIQA inspection in August identified several issues in need of addressing at the facility.


On attending the centre and speaking to residents, a HIQA inspector noted that the facility had a calm but upbeat atmosphere about it and that residents seemed happy to be staying there.

In the areas of training, premises and resident health care, the centre was found to be fully compliant.

However, on the day of inspection, HIQA officials noted several areas of concern such as fire safety, infection control, staffing and management.


Infection prevention onsite was found not to be in line with national standards with hand hygiene stations non-compliant and issues detected in the centre's sluice room.

In the area of Fire prevention, HIQA stated that assurances of the timely and safe evacuation of residents were not available due to a number of concerns.

While addressing staffing and governance issues, Aras Mhathair Phoil was found non-compliant due to problems with staff availability and skill mix.


The HSE run facility has identified responses to all non-compliances highlighted in the inspection report and has committed to a plan of action.

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