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care failure Claims of sex abuse, vermin and staff smoking cannabis among 685 concerns to HIQA about nursing homes this year

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Claims of sex abuse, vermin and staff smoking cannabis among 685 concerns to HIQA about nursing homes this year

 

ALLEGATIONS of sexual abuse, infestations of vermin and staff smoking cannabis are some of the 685 concerns received by HIQA about nursing homes in the first six months of this year.

Documents released under Freedom of Information laws also revealed one family “felt pressurised and rushed to sign a ‘Do not Resuscitate’ form by staff”.

 

Relatives and concerned parties reported alleged unexplained injuries, foul smells, insufficient staff and failures in care for elderly residents in homes across Ireland.

Some concerns about neglect included residents being “left in soiled clothing and linen”, unclean premises, a lack of personal care and incontinence wear not being changed regularly.

Some family members felt that their loved one’s death had not been managed with dignity and respect by staff.

One family member had “concern that a relative has been sexually assaulted” and another home was reported to have a “staff culture of aggression and bullying”.

On two occasions it was alleged that an on-call doctor, through a virtual consultation, "advised staff in the nursing home to administer end of life treatment to the resident without a physical examination".

CULTURE OF AGGRESSION

A total of 71 concerns were raised to HIQA in January, followed by 45 in February and 88 in March. 

In the following months, accusations of mishandling the Covid-19 response dominated most of the concerns raised with 214 issues reported to HIQA in April, 161 in May, 106 in June.

These concerns are not initially considered official complaints to the Ombudsman and all reports are investigated by the Health Information and Quality Authority. 

There were hundreds of issues raised around the isolation of residents due to Covid-19, the visitor ban and its impact on their mental health. 

On one occasion a resident managed to abscond from the home and they were not informed by staff but rather "found out about the incident on Facebook". 

CROSS CONTAMINATION

Another family had concerns that a death certificate for their relative was incorrect and that the in-house GP confused their relative with another resident.

They alleged the provider was not supportive to the family in addressing this issue or with the doctor to have the cert amended. 

A concerned party recalled that one resident was transported to hospital for a planned appointment in a wheelchair via the LUAS after appropriate transport had not turned up and the resident was “subsequently admitted to hospital due to their condition”.

An anonymous complainant reported “staff smoking cannabis on the grounds of the centre”.

There were also worries about cross contamination where staff members were also working at a local supermarket or were wearing their uniforms while shopping after work.

Concerned parties alleged that staff were discouraged from being swabbed for the virus by managers and that staff who tested positive but had no symptoms continued to work without quarantining. 

 

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd called for a “far more aggressive” enforcement of the regulations in nursing homes, particularly in light of all the deaths that have occured recently. 

He told the Irish Sun: “All of this has been going on for years and it’s still going on. 

“When HIQA get unsolicited information they should be given powers to go in and actually look at that individual file. At the moment they can’t look at any individual complaint. 

“There’s nearly 30,000 of our citizens in nursing homes, most of them obviously are very well looked after, but it isn’t universally the case. 

“I think we need to punish, or red card these homes that don’t look after their residents and they shouldn't be capable of getting reregistered if there are serious incidents and there are huge questions over how some of them are run.”

INDEPENDENT REGULATOR

Tadhg Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland CEO Tadhg Daly said that these concerns are considered unsubstantiated until they are investigated properly by HIQA to make a complaint to the Ombudsman. 

He said: “Nursing homes are by far and away the only sector of the health service that is independently regulated, hospitals aren’t inspected for example. 

“So there are robust inspections there already in any case of any issues. 

“I’m not saying there aren’t issues, there absolutely there are issues, there’s no doubt from time to time.” 

There are around 570 registered nursing homes in Ireland, with approximately 32,000 residential places.

Nursing homes are operated by a mixture of private and voluntary bodies along with the HSE.

Private entities are by far the largest providers in the sector, managing 80 per cent of beds nationally.

 

https://www.thesun.ie/news/5990823/nursing-home-concerns-cannabis-abuse/

 

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This isnt just an Irish problem , they are like that everywhere. Pay peanuts for wages whilst charging maximum ££ for the place all so they can make a profit . It would be way better if these places were non profit making with the money going back into the system. This could bring the cost down, pay a decent wage and employ people who give a shit for our disabled, elderly, and mentally infirm . 

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52 minutes ago, bongme said:

they shouldn't be capable of getting reregistered if there are serious incidents and there are huge questions over how some of them are run.”

 

52 minutes ago, bongme said:

Nursing homes are by far and away the only sector of the health service that is independently regulated, hospitals aren’t inspected for example. 

“So there are robust inspections there already in any case of any issues

 

Uhm, double speak bullshit. 

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As has been said this is not just an Irish problem there are care homes up and down the United Kingdom with the same issues.

 

CQC? lollollol 

 

Some of these care homes, especially the dementia homes that have no budget would remind you of the romanian orphanages we were all shown on the news to remind us what a great country we are that we don't treat our own in such a disgraceful manner.

 

People are ignorant to it because it's a case of out of sight out of mind.

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When I read those headlines I thought it was about the better homes.  Not the worst.

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If and when I end up in one if these places I hope it's one where they smoke weed and sexually assault me :)

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Shudder to think what it's like now during cv-19 era of them being closed in a bubble with no relatives and i should imagine no visits from anyone checking on how things are run. Fuck that gimmie the syringe full of heroin and a decent hit of a crack pipe and i will go swiftly with a smile and bother you no longer.

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