Nursing home residents 'forced to share clothes'
A nursing unit in the Republic of Ireland was ordered to improve standards after residents complained that the food is "brutal" and about having "communal" clothes rather than their own.
The criticisms were contained in the first inspection carried out at the long-stay and respite unit at St James's Hospital by the Health Information and Quality Authority.
"Residents reported that the meals were unappetising," the inspectors stated after their visit last year.
They found that food for the entire unit was pre-prepared, and required "prompt eating" for health and safety reasons, which "did not take regard for the needs of residents who required a slower pace of dining".
The inspectors also found "serious deficits" in the area of privacy and dignity for residents.
"The male residents on Unit 1 did not have individualised clothing," the report said.
"There were no locks on bathroom and toilet doors."
However, the inspectors praised the staff who were said to be skilled, committed to providing quality care and well-liked by the residents.
In response to the significant criticisms, the unit said it has plans to improve the quality and delivery of food.
The hospital's chief executive, Ian Carter, said "the report does not accurately reflect positive feedback provided by the inspectors on the day".