Inspectors reveal the number of those who were found to be compliant, and the specific areas where non-compliance was found.

Inspections were carried out between November 2021 and July 2022. The Chief Inspector has statutory responsibility for independently regulating designated centres for older people for compliance with the Health Act, Regulations and the National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland, to ensure that the people living in these services are safe and well cared for.

Of the 50 reports published, inspectors found evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards in a number of inspections.

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HIQA found that 23 centres were either fully compliant or substantially compliant with the national standards and regulations. In general, these centres were found to be meeting residents’ needs and delivering care in line with the national standards and regulations.

Levels of non-compliance varied in the remaining inspection reports. Approximately 14 centres were found to be non-compliant with one regulation, three centres non-compliant with two regulations, and 12 centres non-compliant with four or more regulations.

On these inspections, non-compliance was identified in the areas including; fire precautions, infection control, protection, healthcare, premises, residents’ rights, staffing, training and staff development, and individual assessment and personal plan.

Where non-compliance with the regulations was identified, providers have been told to submit compliance plans to demonstrate how they will make improvements and come into compliance with the regulations.

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