A report on the impact of the virus on nursing homes by The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has been published.
Via The Irish Times:
“The State health watchdog was granted an emergency court order to shut down a nursing home over fears residents could not be protected during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has also revealed none of the 44 homes where there had been confirmed cases of Covid-19 fully complied with regulations to stem the spread of the disease.
…In a report on the impact of the pandemic on nursing homes, Hiqa said it began inspecting homes that had “significant outbreaks” and found shortcomings in management, staffing levels as well as infection prevention and control skills.
The report also outlines the human impact of dealing with the pandemic on staff, residents and their families who contacted HIQA to tell their story.
Residents spoke of the fear of never hugging their family again and of what would happen if a resident of staff member tested positive.
One said he would “not leave the room again until a vaccine was found”.
Others were frustrated and angry that prevention measures meant they were largely confined to their bedrooms and cut out from the friends in the centre.
The only human contact was from staff, many of whom were wearing PPE.
There was also a serious impact on the wellbeing of staff.
One home said “we have some staff that are still out and it is likely they will never return, such is their upset“.
Previously: Left To Die: Nursing Home Timeline