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Good quality of life reported at Roscommon nursing home

Sep 15, 2021 08:09 By Shannonside News
Good quality of life reported at Roscommon nursing home Good quality of life reported at Roscommon nursing home
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The inspection took palce in June with several key areas examined by the health watchdog.

A HIQA inspection carried out at Costello's Care Centre in Ballyleague in June this year found residents reporting a good quality of life in a homely environment.

The Roscommon facility was found to be compliant or substantially compliant under 15 different standards, with a handful of non-compliances noted in 3 areas.

Costello's Care Centre is a designated centre at Ballyleague, Lanesboro and is registered to accommodate 28 residents.

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HIQA made an unannounced inspection at the centre on the 25th of June this year and spoke to 6 residents to get a better insight of their experience of living there.

The authority says that overall residents reported they were happy in the centre and were complimentary of the care there.

There was a rights-based approach to care in the centre and residents also reported choice in all aspects of their care and living arrangements.

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The HIQA inspectors also noted evidence of a varied programme of activities for residents and there was obvious warmth between residents, staff and managers.

The centre was found to be non-compliant in the areas of staffing, premises, and fire precautions.

The inspection found not enough staff on duty at night to ensure safe evacuation if needed, and not enough household staff to ensure all residents rooms were cleaned each day.

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Inspectors also expressed concern that 11 residents used a shower on an adjacent corridor and the underside of the shower tray was heavily stained and incontinence wear was stored on open shelving.

They also noted the décor in bedrooms was showing signs of wear and tear.

The report says inspectors weren't assured that there were adequate arrangements in place for evacuating all residents in the event of a fire and that no fire drills had taken place during 2020, with one simulated drill taking place this year.

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Reacting to the concerns, management at the centre says they've since held a governance meeting to review staffing, and a recruitment process is underway.

The centre says there's also been a meeting with a builder to discuss an upgrade of facilities, and several areas in the building have now been freshly painted.

With regard to concerns over fire safety management at the centre says a qualified Fire Engineer has been engaged and the evacuation policy and procedures have been reviewed in conjunction with the engineer, while a fire drill reflecting night-time conditions was also carried out.

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