Lowest number of nursing home beds

The Minister for Older People, Kathleen Lynch TD, this week welcomed the publication of HIQA’s first ever Overview Report on its regulatory programme for Designated Residential Centres for Older People.

The report revealed that Leitrim has the least number of beds for older people with just 260 spread out over five centres. There are 28,785 beds nationally designated for older people in varying types of centres.

“The report sets out the improvements that have been achieved in ensuring that homes reach the minimum standards required under current legislation” said Minister Lynch. “We are now in the second 3-year registration cycle and, in the renewal process, providers will have to demonstrate to the regulator that they have maintained the required standards”.

“While the vast majority of service providers follow best practice and are in compliance with Regulations and quality standards, there is no room for complacency. I note from the report that a number of issues arose in relation to health and safety and risk management, and to medication management. However, where serious issues have arisen in relation to the rights, health and safety of residents, HIQA has acted quickly and decisively to address these issues. I have full confidence that they will continue to do so in the future”.


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