A new report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has found that residents at St John of God’s in Drumcar were subjected to assaults by other users of the facility.
HIQA published 18 reports on residential services for people with disabilities this morning with three centres operated by St John of God Community Services Limited in Louth covered.
In one of these centres, Broomfield, the inspectors found that the institutional practices observed were seriously impacting on residents’ rights, safety and quality of life. The residents at this centre were subjected to peer-to-peer assaults and witnessed serious incidents of aggressive and challenging behaviour.
The report added that “it was also found that at times, children
as young as seven could be potentially exposed to behaviours of concern exhibited by older children in this centre.”
In another centre at Drumcar, Bliain Orga, the inspectors found that the residents were in receipt of poor quality services and that the governance and management arrangements in place did not adequately ensure that residents were safe in their home.
In the third centre, Ladywell Lodge, negative outcomes for residents were found with regard to privacy, dignity, opportunities for social engagement and the provision of personal care.
The report added: “There were gaps in staff training and insufficient multidisciplinary support in order to meet the assessed health and social care needs of the residents. An immediate action was also issued with regard to fire safety and fire evacuation procedures, which were found not to be satisfactory on the day of this inspection.”