As from 1 July 2009, the Social Services Inspectorate within the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is responsible for the registration and inspection of all public and private nursing homes and residential care services for older people. The Social Services Inspectorate registers and inspects to see if nursing homes are safe and that residents are being cared for properly. For the first time, HSE-run centres, as well as, private and voluntary nursing homes are subject to independent registration and inspection.
HIQA have developed specific standards for the operation of nursing homes and residential centers in consultation with those who use services and those who provide them. These are called the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland, and they have been mandated by the Minister for Health and Children. HIQA carry out inspections against these standards and against regulations set by the Department of Health and Children.
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