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Watchdog finds issues with nutrition and healthcare at Galway nursing home

Hiqa carried out an unannounced inspection of Aras Chois Fharraige last month.

Image: nursing home via Shutterstock

INSPECTORS HAVE RAISED a raft of concerns over a Galway nursing home.

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh touched on the issue in the Seanad earlier this year, claiming that two whistleblowers had revealed information about Aras Chois Fharraige in Spiddal.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) carried out an unannounced inspection last month and found the home to be non-compliant in a number of areas.

Inspectors found recommendations from a previous inspection had not been acted upon.

It was also noted that “staffing levels and skill mix and staff supervision were not adequate”, impacting on the quality of care provided to residents of the home.

“The inspectors were very concerned that the provider was not ensuring that an
adequate standard of evidence based care was provided to residents,” the report reads, with significant issues in the areas of nutrition, restraint, and healthcare.

However, the centre was ‘clean and comfortable’, and residents had access to GPs and communal spaces.

Concerns were also raised over laundry services, privacy in shared bedrooms, provision of suitable recreational opportunities for all residents, staff recruitment, infection control and policies

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