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Nursing home residents went months without being showered during lockdown

 12th May 2021


Residents at a nursing home went for months without being showered during the coronavirus lockdown, health inspectors have found.© Provided by Extra.ie

Residents of St Joseph’s nursing home in Ennis, Co. Clare, told inspectors that they were not allowed to have showers as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

‘There were periods of months where residents did not have a shower,’ a Health Information and Quality Authority report said.

‘This was discussed with the nursing management who took immediate action and on day two of the inspection all residents that chose to have a shower were facilitated to have one.’Residents at a nursing home went for months without being showered during the coronavirus lockdown, health inspectors have found. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie Residents at a nursing home went for months without being showered during the coronavirus lockdown, health inspectors have found. Pic: Shutterstock

The report followed a Hiqa inspection visit on March 10 and 11 this year.

St Joseph’s provides accommodation for a maximum of 101 male and female residents and had a ‘significant coronavirus’ outbreak, with 32 residents confirmed as positive during the pandemic. Of these, 26 recovered and six died. The outbreak was declared over on March 12, the day after the inspection.

Inspectors found the restrictions ‘had a direct negative impact on residents’ ability to move freely through the centre’.

While residents were feeling the implications of the outbreak on their daily lives, they were quick to state that they felt ‘management were taking all measures to protect them’, the report found, but inspectors added: ‘Residents’ rights and dignity was not always promoted.

In the dementia unit, a decision had been made to close the communal bathroom and use the bathroom temporarily as storage. This meant residents who did not have en-suite facilities were showered in the en-suite bathrooms of other resident bedrooms.’a person wearing a blue dress: Residents of St Joseph’s nursing home in Ennis, Co. Clare, told inspectors that they were not allowed to have showers as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie Residents of St Joseph’s nursing home in Ennis, Co. Clare, told inspectors that they were not allowed to have showers as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Pic: Shutterstock

The inspectors, however, noted: ‘Residents also had high praise for the staff who care for them on a daily basis. The centre has four registered units that all operate independently and have a clinical nurse manager who reports to the director of nursing office.’

During the coronavirus outbreak, residents were ‘instructed to remain in their bedrooms’, inspectors found.

The communal sitting rooms and dining rooms were all locked and residents were restricted to their bedside in multi-occupancy bedrooms.a man standing in front of a window: The report followed a Hiqa inspection visit on March 10 and 11 this year. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie The report followed a Hiqa inspection visit on March 10 and 11 this year. Pic: Getty Images

As a result of the pandemic, group activities were all put on hold and residents told inspectors they found the days very long.

In the multi-occupancy rooms, there were up to four residents sharing accommodation. In one room inspectors observed a resident who was calling out frequently. This was distressing to another resident sharing the room. A resident told inspectors, ‘I cannot hear myself thinking.’

In a statement, St Joseph’s acknowledged the non-compliance found in the report and apologised to residents and families for not meeting the required standards. It said the HSE will continue to work with staff and Hiqa to reach full compliance, and that it began a full review on April 28 last.

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