Relatives disgust over nursing home saga

RELATIVES of residents at Avondale Nursing Home have voiced their anger and disgust over the way in which their loved ones were told they would have to move from the nursing home in a matter of hours

RELATIVES of residents at Avondale Nursing Home have voiced their anger and disgust over the way in which their loved ones were told they would have to move from the nursing home in a matter of hours

One woman, whose uncle was a resident at the Callan nursing home, said she was shocked and angry at the actions of the director Miriam Holmes. “We were told on Wednesday morning that my uncle would be moved to Clonmel. There was no notice given at all. The reason my uncle was staying in Avondale was because he wanted to be close to his family. The way it was done was not proper and no notice was given.”

Last Wednesday four patients were moved from the residential facility to other nursing homes in the county and in neighbouring Co Tipperary. “It is a disgrace the way people have been treated. My uncle is philosophical about it but I am not happy at all,” she said. Another woman, who was visiting a parent at the home was too upset to comment. “This is serious. The lives of the people we love are at risk,” she said.

Meanwhile on Thursday morning as Ms Holmes prepared to move more residents a mother of a woman who was being moved to a nursing home in Carrick On Suir intervened in the situation. A care worker told the Kilkenny People said that she was directed by Ms Holmes to travel with a resident by taxi to Carrick On Suir. “I was told to get a taxi with the resident to Carrick On Suir. The resident’s daughter arrived at the same time and she couldn’t believe what was happening. She was very angry and upset and was crying and saying that it was the same as putting a pillow over the woman’s head. Miriam was very calm and collected in her reaction and said that she was complying with HIQA’s instructions,” added the care worker.