A County Cavan nursing home has been described as “overall unacceptable” by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

The Sullivan Centre in Cavan was inspected in May of this year, and it was a mixed bag for the home which was at its maximum occupancy of 20 residents.

While the elder care facility received six ‘compliant’ and ‘substantially compliant’ ratings across categories like visits, premises, fire precautions and records, it did not fare so well across categories like staffing, training and development, personal possessions, infection control and residents’ rights.

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The facility received a total of nine ‘not compliants’ versus the six positive ratings.

Some of the more damning findings of the report included complaints about the residents’ “quality of life”, saying that the “inspectors observed an unacceptable institutional approach to care” and pointing out an “unnecessary segregation of male and female residents”.

Also observed were “unacceptable restrictions on the movement of residents, limited opportunities for residents to engage in meaningful social activities and a physical premises that had limited comfort and personalisation”.

Furthermore the report continued: “A schedule of daily activities was not available for the inspectors to review what was on offer for the residents each day and there was no member of staff with overall responsibility for coordinating residents’ social activities.”

Other “unacceptable restrictive practices” saw residents given little choice of where to sit during the day, dining rooms locked outside of mealtimes and also when they were eating in the room, and bedrooms were locked in the day too.

The HSE-run nursing home will now attempt to rectify these issues.

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