Patterson’s Nursing Home Inspection

By Eoin Kelleher PATTERSON’S Nursing Home in Lismackin, Roscrea, has been “positive and proactive” in terms of implementing a number recommendations made by a Health Inspector, according to a report published recently.

By Eoin Kelleher

PATTERSON’S Nursing Home in Lismackin, Roscrea, has been “positive and proactive” in terms of implementing a number recommendations made by a Health Inspector, according to a report published recently.

A Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Inspector visited Patterson’s Nursing Home on December 6 2011, in line with national requirements. The Inspector’s report was published on March 20.

Patterson’s Nursing Home is a one-storey purpose-built residential centre catering for 28 residents including residents with dementia. It is situated in a rural setting on the main N62 road, four miles from Roscrea town and eight miles from Templemore town. Established in 1991, the Provider, Nigel Cooke, took over the lease of the centre in January 2010.

Betty Patterson is the Person in Charge. The Provider is involved in the overall administration, maintenance and up-keep of the centre and the Person in Charge, catering and cleaning staff report to him.

The December visit was an unannounced follow-up inspection and the centre’s second inspection. It focused on areas identified for improvement at the registration inspection carried out on June 2 and 14, 2011.

The inspector found that the provider and person in charge had been “positive and proactive in responding to the action plan from the previous inspection.”

Nine of the sixteen actions identified had been fully completed. Some actions related to improvements required in the premises, and “significant progress had been made with the remaining actions”.

Improvements made by the provider since the previous inspection included: clinical governance had improved; a risk management policy had been developed and implemented; seating assessments had been completed; staff had received training in the prevention, detection and management of elder abuse; staff had been provided with medication management training; residents were weighed frequently and in accordance with individual need the directory of residents had been updated.

On the visit of December 6, the Inspector noted that the Person in Charge had failed to sufficiently explore alternative methods to the use of restraint. The Inspector requested that the home “put in place suitable and sufficient care to maintain each resident’s welfare and wellbeing, having regard to the nature and extent of each resident’s dependency and needs.”

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