HIQA inspectors praise Leitrim respite centre

Feb 11, 2022 07:02 By Shannonside News
HIQA inspectors praise Leitrim respite centre HIQA inspectors praise Leitrim respite centre
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Overall inspectors found the centre well managed

A Leitrim centre which provides respite for children and adults has been praised by inspectors as a happy and enjoyable setting.

The centre, which is based a few kilometres outside of a large town in Leitrim, recorded two non-compliances from a total of 13 outcomes inspected

The inspection took place in early November last year at the two storey building which accommodates both children and adults, but not at the same time.


According to Hiqa inspectors, all residents reported they were happy in the centre. and enjoyed their time there.

Food and bedrooms were also praised by residents and two family members reported they were also satisfied with the care given at the centre when speaking to inspectors.

A total of two non-compliances were recorded by inspectors from a total of 13 outcomes.


Not all incidents that should have been notified to the Chief Inspector had been completed in line with regulation. One such example being the lack of a mandatory notification being submitted in relation to staff member who presented with Covid symptoms while on duty.

Inspectors also noted that not all restrictive practices had been identified, assessed and reported by the provider Rehabcare.

Overall inspectors found the centre well managed and the provider had good oversight of the service.


In response to the report, the centre management said it would address both non compliances as per HIQA regulations and their own behaviour therapist.

In a statement to Shannonside Fm, the company said the following:

RehabCare is committed to providing the highest possible standard of care to the people who use our services, and supporting people every day to live independent lives of their choosing. Our teams have worked with our Behavioural Therapist and implemented updated measures in response to any issues raised by the Regulator and work is now underway to further improve the quality of service provision at the centre which as ever prioritises the safety and wellbeing of all residents. 

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