Top Marks for Holycross’ Padre Pio Nursing Home

HOLYCROSS’ Padre Pio Nursing Home has received a positive report from a Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Inspector. A recently published report stated that the family owned centre offers an “organised and adequately staffed” service.

HOLYCROSS’ Padre Pio Nursing Home has received a positive report from a Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Inspector. A recently published report stated that the family owned centre offers an “organised and adequately staffed” service.

“The physical environment was visibly clean, adequately heated, lighted and ventilated and maintained to a high standard.” HIQA inspectors are obliged to carry regular inspections on all care homes.

Padre Pio Nursing Home has been used as a designated centre for older people since 1989 and was acquired by its present owners, BMC Nursing Home Limited, in 2001. The original building is a two-storey building; a single-storey extension was added in 1990 and a further single-storey extension was completed in early 2011. Eight new single en suite bedrooms were added at that time bringing the overall capacity to 49 residents.

At the time of inspection there were 48 residents (including one resident in hospital) living in the centre all of whom were in receipt of long-term care. Thirty one of the residents were greater than 80 years of age.

The inspection on August 30th last was a one day unannounced visit. “Residents appeared well cared for, were relaxed with the inspectors and spoke knowingly and positively with inspectors in relation to the inspection process.” The Person in Charge is Lucie McCormack.

“Overall the inspection findings were positive and indicated that the service was robustly managed by a nominated registered provider/person in charge committed to the provision of safe quality services to residents,” adds the report. “There was evidence of an established culture of review and quality assurance and staff training and development needs were continuously invested in, thereby facilitating the provision of care in line with contemporary evidence-based standards” Of the six actions followed up on by inspectors five had been satisfactorily implemented; of the further key regulatory areas inspected the level of compliance achieved was “good”.

Improvements were identified to enhance the many findings of good practice and these were outlined to the provider. These were: aspects of medication management policy and practice the completeness of staff files; the completeness and accuracy of residents’ records; policies and procedures supported by current best practice; the adequacy of the current system of care planning to ensure suitable and sufficient care. Full report at hiqa.ie