Hiqa praises Roscommon intellectual-disabilities centres

The health watchdog has praised the standard of care provided at four services for people with disabilities in Roscommon.

There centres, run by the Brothers of Charity, were found to be compliant in the vast majority of areas analysed.

One of the centres inspected by the Health Information and Quality Authority was the Bramble Services, which provides residential and respite services for up to ten people with mild to severe intellectual disabilities who may fall within the autism spectrum.


Prior to the inspection, a number of residents and their relatives had expressed satisfaction with the service they received, such as staff support, visiting arrangements and food.

And all of the areas analysed by Hiqa were found to be compliant or substantially so.

One of the only areas of concern raised by Hiqa was that while restrictive practices were in place to deal with residents who shows challenging behaviour, not all were appropriately risk-assessed.

Laurel Services, which has two premises for five people with intellectual disabilities, was also assessed.

Noting improvements on previous inspections, all areas were found to be either compliant or substantially so.

Staffing arrangements were appropriate to residents’ needs, and Hiqa said improvements had been made.

Two respite services run by the Brothers of Charity were also found to be compliant in almost all areas, but there was no residents in the Evergreen Services and only one in Oak Services.