Reports of abuse in elderly care homes rises by 20 pc

Reports of abuse in elderly care homes rises by 20 pc

Irish State-monitored nursing homes under the microscope as reports of abuse sore

The number of reports of abuse in Irish State-monitored nursing homes rose by almost 20 per cent last year, rising from 357 in 2014 to 424 in 2015.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa), was notified of 424 allegations of “suspected or confirmed abuse of a resident” which include abuse, loss of power, unexpected deaths, staff misconduct and others.

In total, there were 10,572 notifications issued to Hiqa in 2015; over half of these (6,187) were relating to a potential risk to the health, safety or well-being of residents.

Hiqa made 411 nursing home inspections last year across 343 centres and half of these were unannounced.

Although in general, Hiqa said that “good levels of compliance with regulations” were found in the centres inspected, three centres for the elderly were shut down last year.

Two of these were forced by Hiqa, and one was closed voluntarily. There are a total of 577 centres to care for the elderly in Ireland, the vast majority of which (76%) are privately operated.

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