Hiqa inspectors praise Leitrim centre for people with intellectual disabilities

A residential centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Leitrim has been praised in a recent HIQA report.

An unannounced inspection took place at Ballinamore Accommodation on the 1st of November last year, when eight residents were present.



The latest findings by the health watchdog found no areas of non-compliance at Ballinamore Accommodation.

The service, which is run by RehabCare, was seen to be compliant in all areas including fire precautions and staffing, with just one small improvement recommended.

Although not all residents chose to interact with the inspector, they were observed to go about their day in a “comfortable” manner.

Residents that did engage with inspectors stated they had a “good” relationship with staff members and that they were “very happy” living in the home.

The centre was found to be effectively managed with a clearly defined management structure, with all staff appropriately trained and supervised.

However, the inspector found the annual review of safety and quality of care and support reportedly lacked some required information and didn’t demonstrate consultation with residents.

According to the report, the provider agreed to complete a review of this, and would enhance measures to ensure consultation with residents.

There were no restrictive practices in place at the time of the inspection, and it was clear that there was a commmitment to reducing restrictions where possible.

The inspector also found an emphasis in the centre of upholding the rights and dignity of residents was found by the inspector.

Overall, each resident was supported to have a good quality of life, and to maximise their personal development in a safe environment.

Shannonside FM has contacted RehabCare for a response to the report.]