An inspection of a 24-hour residential support service for people with intellectual disabilities by the Health Information and Quality Authority found governance of the centre to be non-compliant.

Peamount Healthcare in Co Dublin, which was inspected in March of this year, is included in 28 reports published by HIQA.

The inspectors found that it was not adequately resourced to meet the needs of its 21 residents.

There was also "lack of clarity" on the part of the registered provider on the assessed needs of the group.

The report says the registered provider had admitted a resident to the centre whose assessed needs were not in line with those outlined in the centre's statement of purpose.

The provider was not aware of the potential offence of breaching the condition as outlined in The Health Act.

A revised statement of purpose was submitted to HIQA post-inspection and this version according to the authority was found to contain all the "required information" as set out in the regulations.

HIQA's report says there's a "clear need" for the provider to foster a culture where human rights and "person centredness" underpins the provision of care and support to residents.

The report also notes that inspectors received conflicting information regarding arrangements for residents to meet with families during the pandemic.

It says there was "clear evidence" to demonstrate that freedom to exercise choice and control was limited for some residents.

Of the 28 centres inspected, HIQA identified non-compliance with regulations and standards in ten disability centres.

In a Praxis Care Centre, it found governance and management arrangements did not ensure that the service being provided was appropriate to residents' needs. It says the centre's design did not ensure residents’ privacy and dignity.

Inspectors found non-compliance in two Muiríosa Foundation centres. In one centre, the provider did not have arrangements in place to ensure the compatibility of residents. In the other centre, fire safety arrangements required improvement.

In a Nua Healthcare centre, safeguarding arrangements did not ensure that residents always lived in a safe environment, according to the authority.

There were examples of good practice in a number of centres.

In a Gheel Autism Services centre in Dublin, residents had access to a number of communal garden areas within the campus.

A horticulturist on the staff team supported residents to grow fruit and vegetables in a polytunnel and in large communal gardens.

In a My Life by Estrela Hall centre in Louth, the provider had developed a resident council and residents voted for their peers to represent them.

The meetings focused on capturing the voice of residents and allowed residents to input into the service being provided.