Kerry nursing home accepts state watchdog’s findings of code violations

The registered provider of a Kerry nursing home that was found to have multiple code violations says he accepts the state watchdog’s findings.

The Health Information and Quality Authority published its findings after carrying out an inspection over two dates in May.

HIQA found bags of soiled incontinence were left in the corridor of Oaklands Nursing Home in Derry, Listowel.

The nursing home’s registered provider, Michael O’Donoghue, the director of Bolden Nursing Limited, says they’re working tirelessly to address non-compliance issues in conjunction with HIQA.

He’s given assurances that HIQA’s findings are being addressed.

HIQA’s inspection last May found that in 22 areas affecting the care of residents, Oaklands Nursing Home was non-compliant in 14.

The nursing home’s registered provider, Michael O’Donoghue, says since May, there’s been a restructuring of operations.

Mr O’Donoghue says his parents had been in charge of the day-to-day running of the business but have since retired.

Mr O’Donoghue says on June 6th, he became sole director of Bolden Nursing Limited,and assumed full operational control of the nursing home; prior to this, he’d no involvement with day-to-day operations.

HIQA’s May report found staff hours were totally inadequate to ensure cleanliness  and soiled incontinence was placed directly into bins unbagged and left in corridors.

Mr O’Donoghue says such waste is now individually wrapped and disposed of appropriately and that cleaning hours have been increased to over 100 a week.

He says staff numbers have been increased by 7 to 41 active employees, including the hiring of two clinical nurse managers.

HIQA inspectors found there were no records kept of residents’ cheque and bank books, cash and other valuables.

Mr O’Donoghue says there’s now rigorous record-keeping of residents’ property.

He’s employed outside experts to provide support in the areas of human resources, health and safety and clinical governance and is confident the nursing home now meets HIQA standards.