Sunday October 25, 2020

‘One room, one bed’ rule could shrink nursing homes sector

Hiqa’s requirements for space will only get more rigid in the face of Covid-19, which means bed numbers in existing homes will be cut

18th October, 2020
Nursing home space regulations are likely to get stricter due to the pandemic

At a time when international and Irish investors and developers are showing increased interest in Ireland’s nursing homes, the sector may suffer a setback because of demands for more single rooms in such homes.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, which poses a high risk to elderly patients, the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) had been seeking to reduce the numbers of multiple occupancy rooms.

Research by property consultants CBRE shows that Ireland...

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