Callan, Co Kilkenny: HIQA Inspectors Bought Food For Nursing Home Residents

1 Sep

A HIQA inspection team found that a Kilkenny nursing home had very little food for the residents and was forced to go out to buy supplies.

Avondale Nursing Home in Callan was closed in July

Avondale Nursing Home in Callan was closed in July

An inspection carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority into a nursing home, which was closed days later, uncovered a litany of serious abuses at the home, including a lack of basic food.

The Avondale Nursing Home in Callan, Co Kilkenny was closed in July when inspectors raised fears for residents after the owners unexpectedly discharged several residents.

HIQA today published six inspection reports (see below) carried out in the six months prior to its closure.

The most serious breaches were found in inspections carried out in the days prior to the authority securing a court order to close the home.

Inspectors found very little food supplies at the home and had to go out to buy basic items, such as bread, milk, meat and vegetables for the residents.

The owners were unable to provide evidence that residents’ personal property held for them was accounted for. This included money, pension books and account statements.

Inspectors said the owner and her daughter refused to meet them to discuss the issues.

HIQA says the owner had begun to discharge residents unexpectedly and was seeking to transfer others.

Relatives had received text messages telling them they had to make alternative arrangements within 48 hours.

The authority says it may consider other actions against the owners of the home, up to and including prosecution. It is understood that gardaí are also investigating.

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Nursing home closed in Co Kilkenny

Read the HIQA reports:

20 July  13 July  6 July  15 June  12 May  22 March

Keywords:  hiqa, avondale nursing home


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