Wednesday 13 December 2017

Wexford's Ard Aobhinn centre gets top marks from HIQA

By David tucker

Gerard Heaney.
Gerard Heaney.

A new centre for adults with intellectual disability provided by Ard Aoibhinn services at Coolcotts in Wexford town has been given approval and top marks for compliance by the Health Information and Quality Authority-HIQA.

The centre consists of two separate purposes built new houses which provide accommodation for up to eleven residents with an intellectual disability and who have low support needs. All residents are over the age of 18 and are a combination of male and female residents.

Gerard Heaney, manager of services of Ard Aoibhinn, a not-for-profit charity, expressed delight that the hard work and dedication by all the staff in the organisation had been recognised in this very positive report.

The Ard Aoibhinn facility at Coolcotts comprises two new detached purpose built dormer bungalows called An Teach Nua and Sao Paulo.

The Hiqa report assessed the new facilities on criteria including residents rights, dignity and consultation, communication, family and personal relationships and links with the community, social care needs, safe and suitable premises, health and safety and risk management, general welfare and development, healthcare needs, medication management , governance and management , use of resources, workforce, records and documentation.

The Hiqa report says the houses are situated in a quiet pleasant residential location in Wexford town, that they have been finished to a very high standard and that they are convenient to all town amenities and that all ground floor accommodation is wheelchair accessible.

Facilities in the new houses provide each resident with more physical space. All rooms are fully furnished and decorated in conjunction with the residents' wishes.

Wexford People

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