Decision to close Waterford nursing home made after repeated non-compliance reports

Decision to close Waterford nursing home made after repeated non-compliance reports

The decision to remove the nursing home registration from Aperee Living in Ballygunner was not taken overnight.

That's according to the Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler.

The Waterford TD said HIQA had been on-site three times this year following repeated reports of areas of non-compliance.

She continued to say that while the three visits have been publicly documented through inspection reports, HIQA have been a 'near-constant presence' on site in recent weeks.



Speaking on Deise Today, Deputy Butler said HIQA were engaging with the nursing home since last year.

"HIQA had worked with Aperee Ballygunner in 2022 to put in a compliance plan in relation to Fire and Safety, and no actions were taken."

According to Deputy Butler, there were provider meetings held, together with cautionary meetings in relation to governance, management and issues around fire and safety.


She said, "HIQA do not like going into nursing homes, you don't hear of this very often."

Of 50 HIQA inspection reports undertaken nationwide,  17 reports were found to be compliant,  and 33 reports were found to be non-compliant.


The Aperee Living Group is owned by an investor firm called Blackbee, who were appointed a liquidator earlier this year.

Speaking on Déise Today, Minister Butler said it is not possible for the HSE to take control of the nursing home at this time, while adding that it is also not for sale at present.

"Intensive talks have taken place between Mowlam, who are operating the new nursing homes in Tramore and Kilbarry, they are happy to engage with the prospect of the staff transferring with the residents, if that is their wish."