Key failings identified by HIQA during recent inspections of 45 residential centres for older people are deeply concerning and highlight that older people are not enjoying the quality of life and care they have a right to in some nursing homes, Sage Advocacy has said.
HIQA’s latest set of inspection reports, which show that inspectors found evidence of non-compliance in 25 out of 45 inspections, highlight that some nursing home providers did not meet national standards or adhere to regulations.
The national organisation, which provides a support and advocacy service for vulnerable adults, older people and healthcare patients, said nursing home providers must be held accountable for non-compliance issues.
Sarah Lennon, Executive Director, Sage Advocacy said: “The HIQA reports underline that there are unacceptable variations in the quality of care that some nursing home residents have received in Ireland.
“We have closely reviewed all of the latest 45 inspection reports and in some instances the care and support that nursing home residents had a right to receive was clearly lacking. It is understandable that both nursing home residents and their families will want assurances that these areas of non-compliance will be addressed by nursing home providers and that HIQA ensures that residents are treated with compassion and are safe and well cared for.”
Sage Advocacy said the latest set of reports demonstrate that HIQA inspectors uncovered significant failings in crucial areas by nursing home providers including infection prevention and control practices, residents’ rights and fire precaution requirements.
Other major issues of non-compliance detailed in the HIQA reports include instances where:
Ms Lennon said: “The latest HIQA reports do show that nursing home residents were well cared for and well supported by some nursing home providers, but this was not always the case and in some nursing homes there were major non-compliance issues which impacted on the quality of the nursing home residents’ daily lives.
“As a country we need to learn from the experiences of Covid-19 and we must ensure that people who live in nursing homes are safe and treated with compassionate.
“In the Programme for Government – Our Shared Future, the Government pledged to establish a Commission on Care and that this commission would “assess how we care for older people and examine alternatives to meet the diverse needs of our older citizens”.
“We urgently need this commission to be established so it can immediately start examining the weaknesses in the current systems of health and care for older people”.