Pilgrim House Community, a religious charity that has been described as “cult-like”, is to close after inspections by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) criticised its standards.
The centre, which cares for intellectually disabled people, has told the HSE, which has given it more than €1m since 2010, that it is closing down because the “regulatory framework is no longer compatible with our voluntary ethos.” Continue reading
HIQA report finds residents’ rights not protected
The inspection was planned to review the action plan put in place following a previous inspection June 2014
A HIQA report into a centre with people with disabilities has found that residents’ rights were not protected in areas such as finance, complaints, advocacy and the promotion of privacy and dignity.
The report into the centre operated by the Pilgrim House Community in Dublin states that a practice of leaving the door ajar so that staff could be observed assisting with personal care meant that residents using a bedroom could also observe.
The report also found that there were no adequate records of residents’ money and valuables.
The overall grant allocation from the Health Service Executive was known, but there was no breakdown or information on how funds were allocated, other than the costs related to the lease of the premises.
This inspection took place over two days within a two week time frame in November of this year.
The purpose of the inspection was to review the action plan from a previous inspection which took place in June 2014.
The inspectors were particularly concerned that none of the agreed actions identified in areas of safeguarding vulnerable adults had been met or progressed as agreed within the action plan response from the June inspection.
Pilgrim House has the capacity to care for five residents.