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The management of a Kerry nursing home says concerns raised by a State watchdog have been addressed.

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HIQA found that while the standard of care given to residents at Killarney Nursing Home, Rock Road, Killarney was good.

However, the Health Information and Quality Authority raised concerns in relation to the response to an allegation of abuse.

Killarney Nursing Home is part of the Mowlam Healthcare Group.

HIQA visited the 56 bed unit on Rock Road on March 15th and 16th.

Residents’ nursing needs and health care were of a good standard and appropriate policies and procedures were in place to protect residents from any form of abuse while they also had access to advocacy services.

However, HIQA found that there was an inadequate response to an allegation of abuse that was reported in 2014.

It seemed that what appeared to be abuse of a psychological nature was not recognised for what it was and appropriate action was not taken.

HIQA also found that improvements were required in the management of restraint, particularly in the risk assessment of residents.

Records indicated that a resident had a fall resulting in bruising, which while it had been reviewed by out-of-hours GP services had not been notified to HIQA .

HIQA had also not been notified of the use of chemical restraint.

Mowlam Health Care says all these issues have been addressed by management and staff and that they continually strive to enhance the quality of life for residents and welcome feedback from them, their family and HIQA.