Statement to Irish Independent re resident property & finances



Under the Health Act 2007, all nursing homes must comply with the Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People Regulations and National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People. These provide stringent safeguards for the protection of personal property and finances of nursing home residents. The Regulations and Standards are independently inspected and monitored by HIQA.


Every nursing home is required to have in place a clear policy and procedure for the management and protection of personal property and finances. Each resident must be provided with access to their personal property and finances. Their right of the resident to control such must be respected by the nursing home for as long as the resident wishes.


The nursing home must ensure complete records are kept of all money and personal property that is deposited. Such records must also include the date upon which money or personal property was returned or used, and the purpose for which they were used.


If a resident requires support to manage their financial affairs, the nursing home must facilitate access to information, advice and support on money management.


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