The operators of a Kerry nursing home which was criticised by the Health Information and Quality Authority say they’re fully committed to the safety, care and welfare of residents HIQA conducted an inspection of St Joseph’s Nursing Home in Killowen, Kenmare following reports of practices in the facility relating to some residents’ care needs, which many have violated the personal bodily integrity of those residents. The unannounced inspection took place at the care facility four months ago – on October 30th last. Prior to the inspection HIQA had been made aware of practices in the centre related to some residents’ care needs, which may have violated the personal bodily integrity of those residents. This practice was, according to the report, undertaken without the consent of residents, a number of whom had a diagnosis of dementia. The person in charge stated that the practice would be discontinued immediately and alternative arrangements made for care of residents regarding the matter in question. In a statement issued to Radio Kerry News, Rathsheen Investments Limited – the entity authorised to operate St. Joseph’s Nursing Home as the registered provider – says it is fully committed to the safety, care and welfare of its residents, to ensuring effective compliance with all rules overseen by HIQA and is currently working to address issues raised in the HIQA report.