HSE Take Over Nursing Home Following Concern For Residents

The owners of a nursing home in Co Galway were ordered to cease operating last month after inspectors expressed “grave concern” for the welfare and safety of up to 22 residents.

Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) found evidence of poor management of medication and inadequate staffing levels.

They also found some residents were “unkempt and unshaven”, and many had not had a bath or shower during the previous month. Instead, the use of a sponge was recorded.

In addition, there were concerns over meals being served late. In one instance, some residents were observed receiving their breakfast late into the afternoon.

The registered owner - Riverside Nursing Home Ltd - was ordered to cease operating the facility last month, and later withdrew an appeal against a closure order. The Health Service Executive (HSE) has since taken over the running of the facility.

In a statement today, HSE said another private provider was currently working to get registration. In the meantime, the HSE remains as registered provider.


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