HIQA inspection finds Cavan care home residents 'did not enjoy a good quality of life'

Sep 14, 2022 13:44 By News Northern Sound
HIQA inspection finds Cavan care home residents 'did not enjoy a good quality of life'
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Inspectors found residents weren’t facilitated to live the best life they could.

A HIQA inspection found residents living in a Cavan care home ‘did not enjoy aa good quality of life’.

The Health Watchdog carried out an unannounced inspection of the Sullivan Centre in Cavan town in May.

It was deemed non-compliant in nine of the fifteen regulations.


The centre provides care and support to older people, it currently has 18 long term and three respite residents.

It says it’s ethos, culture, practices and procedures reflect ‘a person-centred approach’.

Inspectors found residents weren’t facilitated to live the best life they could, and observed an ‘unacceptable institutional approach to care’.


There was ‘unnecessary segregation’ between male and female residents, and the premises had ‘limited comfort and personalisation’.

The centre was non-compliant in staffing and staff training, governance, the minding of personal possessions, infection controls, individual care plans, protection, managing behaviour that’s challenging and residents’ rights.

Following the inspection, the centre outlined that the majority of the issues would be complied with August, while staff development, the premises and infection controls would be amended by the end of 2022.


Statement from HSE Re: HIQA inspection report of Sullivan Centre, Cavan

The Sullivan Centre, Cathedral rd., Cavan is a HSE residential care facility caring for older people with diagnosis of Dementia.

It provides 18 long-term care beds and 2 respite care beds for older Adults who are mobile and have a diagnosis of Dementia.


It was inspected by HIQA on 19th May 2022 and the report was published by HIQA on September 6th, 2022.

The HIQA report noted that Residents who spoke with inspectors expressed their satisfaction with the service they received.

Inspectors found that residents clinical and nursing care needs were met to a satisfactory standard.


Inspectors observed that central garden was interesting and colourful and had been designed in consultation with residents.

Overall the Sullivan Centre was deemed at inspection to be fully compliant with four regulations, substantially compliant with two regulations and non-compliant with 9 regulations.

The HSE can confirm that action has been taken to address all areas of concern highlighted on the day of the inspection including:

  • Residents now have access to all areas within the centre.
  • Deficits in relation to care planning have been addressed.
  • Additional training has been provided to all staff within the centre in relation to the provision of activities
  • A person centred care and a programme of ongoing supervision and monitoring is currently underway within the centre

Martin Collum, General Manager for Older Persons Services HSE Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo said The HSE will continue to work to ensure that robust governance, quality and safety arrangements are in place within the centre to ensure high quality services are provided to all residents.”

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