Updated nursing home standards published for Northern Ireland

Health minister Jim Wells announces revised minimum standards of care

Northern Ireland’s health minister Jim Wells has announced a revised set of care standards for nursing homes.

The 48 new standards set out the minimum service providers should provide. They will be used the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) as benchmarks for its inspections, and will show residents and their families the minimum level of care they should expect.

The original standards, set in 2008, were reviewed and updated with input from service users, providers and commissioners, as well as the RQIA.

Mr Wells said: ‘Our goal is improved quality of life for residents and these standards will help achieve this. They reflect the priorities of residents and their families as well as best practice in nursing home care.’

Some of the areas covered include human rights, privacy and dignity, contact with family and friends, meals, use of restraint, health care, dementia and death.

The standards have been drawn up in line with the United Nations Principles for Older Persons and are underpinned by the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights. They will apply to all 264 nursing homes registered by the RQIA in Northern Ireland.

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