« BackKerry centre for people with disabilities receives glowing report from HIQA

A designated centre for people with disabilities in Listowel has received a glowing endorsement from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

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An announced monitored inspection took place on May 3rd and May 4th at St John of Gods and found positive experiences for residents and a level of good practice in all 18 report findings.

The HIQA inspectior was satisfied residents’ rights and dignity was respected and there were measures in place to safeguard residents from abuse.

The inspection also found residents were assisted and supported to communicate and staff members treated residents with respect and warmth.

Some parents told the inspector they felt free to visit at any time and were always made feel welcome and were aware of their children’s care plans.

The admissions process considered the wishes, needs and safety of the individual and the safety of other residents attending for respite services.

Residents were provided with a social model of care and were involved in a varied activities programme including visiting local amenities, pet care, the cinema and school.

This was the centre’s first inspection by the Authority and it was found the centre was well-maintained and had effective policies and procedures relation to health and safety.

A record of incidents occurring in the centre was maintained and any incidents were notified to the Chief Inspector within three days.