An independent inspection of residential and respite disability services in County Longford has begun.
The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) will be responsible for the registration and inspection of all residential services for children and adults with disabilities, including respite services, HSE-run services, and private and voluntary services.
There are currently around 9,800 people with disabilities living in approximately 1,300 residential services, including 100 people across Co Longford. It is the first time any of these services will have been subject to independent inspection.
If HIQA’s inspector find that a service is unsafe or standards and regulations are not being met, the body has the legal power to take action in the best interest of those living in the residental service. This may include refusal to register the service so that it cannot operate, prosecution or adding registration conditions to the service, such as limiting the number of people it can accomodate. In situations where there is significant risk to the life or to the health of residents, HIQA can immediately cancel the service’s registration.
During an inspection visit, inspectors will talk to the residents along with their families, and with managers, staff and interested people who wish to speak to them. The inspectors will focus on the experience of the person living in the residental service and what it is like to live there. They will also observe daily routines, quality of accomodation and meals, and other aspects of daily life.
Following the inspection, a report will be published on the HIQA website. Any actions the body feels the provider needs to take will be clearly indicated in the report and will be monitored to ensure they are taken.