HIQA Inspectors Praise Clare Nursing Homes

HIQA has published inspection reports for three of the county’s nursing homes.

Inspectors have largely praised the facilities in Kilaloe, Tuamgraney and Ennistymon, as Clare FM’s James Mulhall reports.


These inspections have focused on dementia care, in particular the quality of life of residents with dementia and the compliance with regulations and standards.

In the main, the reports are complimentary of Raheen Hospital in Tuamgraney, as well as The Lakes Nursing Home in Killaloe and Ennistymon Community Hospital.

For Raheen, inspectors are complimentary of the management team and staff, and residents were found to be relaxed and comfortable. Some improvements were sought by HIQA in relation to nursing and care planning documentation. These matters are being addressed.

For The Lakes Nursing Home, the overall atmosphere was found to be homely and comfortable. Again, staff were praised, though inspectors highlighted issues at meal times that have since been addressed.

An unannounced inspection of Ennistymon Community Hospital found it to be fully compliant in all areas, praising both staff and improvements to the building there.

Separately, another recent HIQA inspection report praised what was described as a “warm and affectionate” approach to care at a Brothers of Charity run centre in Scarriff.