The amal­ga­ma­tion of ser­vices and HIQA Reg­is­tra­tion


THE year 2005 saw an ad­just­ment for the Or­der’s ser­vice pro­vi­sion in Kerry with the trans­fer of St. Mary of the An­gels ser­vices from the Fran­cis­can Sis­ters of the Divine Mother­hood to the St. John of God Broth­ers.

The next ten-years would see the open­ing of a chil­dren’s house, The Arches, and the set­ting up of Sup­ported Liv­ing apart­ments in Tralee. New day ser­vices in Tralee and Lis­towel were also opened with the main aim of pro­vid­ing sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing within their own com­mu­ni­ties.

Since 2013, Res­i­den­tial Ser­vices have been reg­u­lated by the State with the in­tro­duc­tion of HIQA stan­dards. This is some­thing that has been wel­comed as HIQA ex­ists to pro­mote sus­tain­able im­prove­ments for the men, women and chil­dren at­tend­ing ser­vices and to safe­guard peo­ple us­ing health and so­cial care ser­vices.

Adult and Chil­dren’s Res­i­den­tial and Respite teams work tire­lessly to en­sure that th­ese Res­i­den­tial Ser­vices are con­tin­u­ously im­proved and en­hanced. This com­mit­ment was re­warded in Septem­ber 2015 when the first HIQA reg­is­tra­tion in a Res­i­den­tial and Respite Chil­dren’s Ser­vice was granted in The Arches, Beau­fort, Co. Kerry. This was a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the Ser­vice. In May 2016 full com­pli­ance, with no con­di­tions, was achieved in the Chil­dren’s Ser­vices in Ab­haile, Lis­towel, which is also a huge achieve­ment for ev­ery­body in­volved.

Since then th­ese achieve­ments have been repli­cated across com­mu­nity res­i­den­tial ser­vices, in­clud­ing Sup­ported Liv­ing in Tralee. In May of this year a de­ci­sion was taken by HIQA to pro­pose the cam­pus of Saint Mary of the An­gels for reg­is­tra­tion. This was seen as a tremen­dous achieve­ment by all in­volved as a huge amount of hard work and ef­fort was put into en­hanc­ing the liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the men and women who re­side on cam­pus.

Chil­dren en­joy­ing the open­ing of the hy­drother­apy pool in St Mary of the An­gels in 1975.

Sr Mary Rose.

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