North Wicklow Residential Centre threatened with closure

The Health Information and Quality Authority has warned that it will close a residential centre for people with intellectual disabilities unless there are drastic improvements from the Sunbeam House ran facility.

HIQA’s latest report has deemed the centre located in Vevay Close in Bray a risk to residents’ safety due to a lack of management and governance after an unannounced inspection in October by HIQA.

The report recalls that Sunbeam House was warned previously in August that the facility would face consequences if they failed to bring the facility in line with regulations.

An unsolicited tip-off prompted an early inspection, which found there was nobody in charge on the morning they arrived and the majority of the staff were working voluntary extra hours to ensure the residents’ needs were met.

The inspectors were also concerned about Sunbeam House’s ability to manage restraint measures to ensure that workers are not abusing residents.

A group representing hundreds of families of Sunbeam House Services’ clients has said many of them are devastated by the Vevay Close centre report, and by four other reviews of similar facilities run by the charity.

The group says that the families involved will be contacting Wicklow TD, Minister for Health Simon Harris.

The head of Sunbeam House Services apologised to its clients and their families for the breakdown of governance systems in one of its centres.

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