'Even Prisoners Get Better Care Than the Elderly in This Home' FAMILIES URGED TO BLOW WHISTLE ON PRIVATE OAP HOMES FROM HELL
Byline: SARAH BARDON
A SUPPORT group for the elderly yesterday urged pensioners' families to report neglectful nursing homes as one scandal-hit facility stayed silent on its shame.
Four inquiries by the Health Information and Quality Authority detailed the scale of sub-standard care of vulnerable residents at the Owen Riff Nursing Home in Oughterard, Co Galway.
And despite several requests by the Irish Daily Mirror, neither the home's proprietor Theresa O'Toole nor its solicitors CP Crowley & Co were willing to comment on the scandal.
The reports, published on Monday, revealed residents were not bathed or showered in a month, rooms were freezing and patients were having breakfast at dinner time.
Human waste was also left in black bags in corridors.
The shocking series of inquiries found poor management of medication and inadequate staffing levels.
It said residents were subjected to a low quality of life and didn't have water and food freely available to them.
Age Action chief Eamon Timmins said: "I am shocked at the scale of sub-standard care that it is still continuing in this day and age in Ireland.
"The report shows dangerously low levels of staffing and it's time for families to take action.
"Members of the public visiting nursing homes play a huge role as can doctors, nurses and people going in and out of that nursing home.
HIQA secured a closure order for the 40-bed private home and it has now been taken over by the Health Service Executive.
Twenty residents still live in the facility and alternative accommodation is being found for them. …