A Longford centre for adults with disabilities has been overall praised for the cleanliness of its premises
Morlea House, which is run by St Christopher's Services, was found to be substantially compliant with infection control procedures when inspected by Hiqa earlier this year.
This unannounced inspection took place in August of this year to monitor infection prevention and control with five residents at one premises and one at an adjacent building. The inspector found that in general the homes were clean, bright and homely and that the provider had put measures in place for Infection Prevention such as posters on display about IPC and PPE use and notices about cleaning, waste management and laundry arrangements
Overall, the centre was found to be clean, hygienic and well maintained but inspectors did note that some documentation in regards to infection control audits required improvements. Hiqa also noted that Some improvements were required in ensuring that the 'clean room' had suitable arrangements for effective IPC at all times, and in ensuring that an outbreak report was available in the centre.
The inspection also noted that an outbreak of COVID-19 had occurred in the past, and appeared to be managed well and staff described how residents were supported during times of isolation. Responding to the report, management outlined a number of measure to issues highlighted which were completed by September of this year.