29 May 2022

Positive report for Longford disabilities provider

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Hiqa inspectors returned a favourable report for Highfield House in Longford

A care centre that caters for adults with disabilities has come in for praise following an inspection carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa).

Highfield House, which provides care for five male and female adult service users at Knockloughlin, on the outskirts of Longford town, was found to be either fully compliant or compliant in 13 out of a total of 15 areas of inspection.

That came following a report which was compiled after Hiqa representatives visited the premises on November 18, 2021.

Although the inspector who carried out the review highlighted a need to carry out improvements in the ongoing and consistent monitoring of systems in the centre, a “good organisational structure” was determined which allowed the centre to ensure a safe and high quality service.

Fire precautions alongside governance and management were the two specific points of interest Hiqa officials identified as areas for particular improvement.

The former uncovered that on the day of inspection it was found there were not sufficient or adequate arrangements in place for effective fire protection.

Issues in relation to fire doors, fire evacuation procedures, fire drills under different scenarios and assessments for fire risk were identified on the day.

Management auditing systems were also in need of required strengthening, the report found in what was an otherwise largely favourable inspection.

“Overall, the inspector found that residents received a person-centred service where their wellbeing was promoted and their interests and choices respected,” it discovered.

“Residents who the inspector met with appeared to enjoy living at the centre and were observed to be comfortable in their environment and with staff supporting them.

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