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July 23, 2015

Some Nursing Home Residents 'Left Without Shower for Month' (IRELAND)

21/07/2015

Some elderly people in a nursing home have been left for a month or more without a shower, inspectors have revealed.
The Hiqa inspection also found fire evacuation and personal evacuation plans were not in place and f ire safety equipment had not been installed.
It also highlighted a significant number of falls in the home, including that some residents had fallen repeatedly and were not adequately protected from further injury.
Records showed there were 110 falls in the home last year and 63 in the last six months, with one person falling seven times in four months and another falling six times in six months.
One of them fractured a hip and the other suffered a fractured vertebrae after falling out of bed.
A lack of suitable chairs had resulted in some men and women being bed-bound, Hiqa said.
Dormitory-style rooms were also being used for four to six people to sleep in at a time which inspectors said was affecting the privacy and dignity of residents.
Inadequate staff numbers were also raised with the operators while relatives of some of the people living in the home said they were generally happy with the care but concerned about the lack of nurses and carers.
"The inspectors found there was insufficient staffing to meet the needs of the residents and current staff were not deployed in a manner that met the needs of residents," the report said.
SOURCE:     The Belfast Telegraph

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