HIQA report reveals issues in two Westmeath homes for people with disabilities

Reports by HIQA into residential homes for people with disabilities have found some issues with a couple of facilities in Westmeath, while a centre on the Roscommon Leitrim border got a good report.

They were among 29 reports from a number of similar homes carried out by the Health watchdog in the last few months.

The Beechgrove/Acorns facility in Westmeath caters for 8 people and all 8 were present on the day of the unannounced inspection by HIQA on the 6th of March this year.

It was found to be not compliant with a total of 8 out of 14 regulations including governance and management, general welfare and development, and resident’s rights.

The report stated there was no person in charge on the day of the inspection, and because the service wasn’t adequately managed and governed, this had a negative impact on the quality and safety of care delivered to residents.

It also said that residents were observed to have long periods of inactivity and a lack of interaction throughout the day.

On the resident’s rights issue, the report said their rights in relation to their documentation and choice regarding accessing smoking areas were not being upheld.

At the Hillview centre which caters for four people who have intellectual disabilities, the HIQA inspectors found most of the regulations being upheld.

In terms of governance and management though, it said systems weren’t sufficient to detect areas needing improvement.
It also found that while the premises were of an adequate structure and layout to support the needs of the residents, it wasn’t being maintained to an acceptable standard.
At the Leitrim centre which caters for three people, Inspectors were told by the residents that they were very proud of their home, and felt safe and happy there.

The centre was found to be compliant in all areas, and substantially compliant in governance and management, risk management procedures, and fire precautions.