By Eoin Kelleher
A HIQA inspection of Cluain Arann Welfare Home has found the new person in charge has “clear systems in place to manage and control” the home, according to a recently published report.
Cluain Arann Welfare Home, located in Avondale Crescent in the centre of Tipperary Town, was at the centre of a storm of controversy last year when the HSE recommended closing the home as 24-hour nursing care could not be guaranteed there.
However, a strong campaign involving local TDs managed to keep the facility open.
Cluain Arann was inspected on the 12th and 13th of January this year.
The person in charge is Denise Flynn, while Chris Monahan is the person authorised to act on behalf of the HSE - the registered Provider.
The welfare home provides residential services to persons primarily over the age of 65. The provider has applied for a maximum occupancy of 20 residents and at the time of the inspection there were 17 residents living in the centre. Two residents were less than 65 years of age, four residents were greater than 80 years of age and the mean age of residents was 75 years. The facility is divided between a residential unit and the nursing unit, both of which use the same entrance.
The overall inspection findings were “positive”, according to the report. “Improvements were noted since the last inspection particularly in relation to the overall governance structures, consultation with and the participation of residents, medication management and choice and flexibility of meals and mealtimes. The inspectors found that the service was organised and appropriately managed. The nominated service provider and the person in charge had a sound understanding of their roles and their responsibilities as prescribed by the Health Act 2007.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.