Pos­i­tive HIQA re­port for nurs­ing home

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

A NUM­BER of is­sues around din­ing in the de­men­tia unit have been high­lighted in what is an oth­er­wise very pos­i­tive HIQA re­port for Dunlavin Nurs­ing Home.

HIQA car­ried out an an­nounced in­spec­tion of Dunlavin Nurs­ing Home in April.

In a re­port pub­lished last week, in­spec­tors found Dunlavin Nurs­ing Home had met all the re­quire­ments of the reg­u­la­tions but noted six ar­eas as ‘sub­stan­tially com­pli­ant’ re­quir­ing some action to be deemed as fully com­pli­ant.

The six ar­eas in­cluded gov­er­nance and man­age­ment, end of life, in­di­vid­ual assessment and care plan and res­i­dents’ rights.

While the in­spec­tors noted that the lay­out and de­sign of the cen­tre ‘met the in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive needs of res­i­dents to a good stan­dard.’ They raised con­cerns that the lay­out of the din­ing room in the de­men­tia unit ‘did not pro­vide suf­fi­cient din­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion for some res­i­dents dur­ing meal­times.’

In­spec­tors ob­served five res­i­dents of the de­men­tia unit ‘din­ing in the sit­ting room and did not have a choice to take their meals in the din­ing room.’

HIQA in­spec­tors also sug­gested a re­view of ex­ist­ing ar­range­ments for fa­cil­i­tat­ing recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties in the sit­ting room in the de­men­tia unit be­cause not all res­i­dents were in­volved in ‘an ac­cred­ited sen­sory programme’ and the ac­tiv­ity was ‘in­ter­rupted by other res­i­dents en­ter­ing and leaving the room.’

The HIQA in­spec­tors also said notes of ac­tiv­i­ties res­i­dents par­tic­i­pated in and their level of in­ter­est were not ‘con­sis­tently recorded’.

Dunlavin Nurs­ing Home man­age­ment had the op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to the queries raised by the HIQA in­spec­tors be­fore the re­port’s pub­li­ca­tion and their replies in­cluded within the HIQA re­port. Dunlavin Nurs­ing Home man­age­ment said a sit­ting plan is used to en­sure res­i­dents who wish to avail of a din­ing place are fa­cil­i­tated. They said that the din­ing room is ‘freely ac­ces­si­ble’ and ‘can ac­com­mo­date res­i­dents to par­take in recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties in the de­men­tia unit’. Mean­while, the ac­tiv­ity co-or­di­na­tor and care staff would doc­u­ment res­i­dents’ feed­back about ac­ti­tivies with fur­ther train­ing to be put in place to en­sure a con­sis­tent record­ing of ac­tiv­i­ties. Dunlavin Nurs­ing Home is part of Sil­ver Stream Health­care Group which de­clined to com­ment on the Wick­low Peo­ple’s queries.

Dunlavin Nurs­ing Home.

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