National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People

Name: National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People
Number: HIQA 2016
Issuing Organisation: HIQA
Country: Ireland
Type: Standard
Issue Year: 2016
Forward Review Date: Not known
Availability: Available from HIQA -
Domains: Active and Healthy Ageing, Homes, Services
Fields: Assistive Technologies, Built Environment and Outdoor Spaces, Engagement, Inclusion and Citizenship, Health and Well-being, Housing and Care Facilities
Intended Audience: Carers, Governmental and Public Sector bodies, Private Sector bodies
Abstract: The National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland are based on key principles which guide residential services on how best to provide a safe and effective service. Emphasis is given to the promotion of autonomy; person-centred approaches; safeguarding and protection; uphold and promoting human rights; promotion of health and wellbeing; integration of residents within the community (and development of social networks); and provision of responsive and consistent services. 35 standards are incorporated. Aside from addressing some of the practical aspects of care, there are themes that relate to leadership, governance and management; and the responsiveness of the workforce.
Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: High
Older Person Specific : Yes
Usage: Not known
Comment: The standard covers an extensive range of issues impacting on the care and support of older people in residential care. Of note are references to the use of AT and 'call systems'. Further than this there is the pointer to 'telecommunication and IT devices' being made available to residents 'and they are facilitated to use them ... to maintain contact with family, friends and others'.

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