Bereaved family gets bill for loved one’s final days of life in Covid-hit Oaklands facility

A family who lost a loved one to COVID-19 during the deadly outbreak of the virus at Oaklands Nursing Home in Listowel have revealed that they received an invoice for the final days their relative spent in the home – at a time when the centre was described by HIQA as being in a ‘chaotic’ state.

ccording to the invoice, Bolden Nursing Limited sought payment for each day up to and including the day before the resident’s death.

One member of the family, who spoke to The Kerryman on condition of anonymity, said that receiving this invoice added “insult to injury”.

The Kerryman understands that the money has not been paid at this point.

The resident in question was one of nine who succumbed to the virus during what was the deadliest outbreak of COVID in Kerry in 2020.

The first case had been diagnosed there in October 2020. Every single resident would ultimately contract the virus.

On November 19, 2020, the HSE took charge of the facility after Bolden (Nursing) Limited, the company owning the Oaklands home, had its registration cancelled at a court sitting in Listowel.

The sitting heard from a HIQA representative that a November 4 inspection found the facility to be in chaos.

The court also heard that COVID-infected residents were found to be mingling with residents who hadn’t tested positive for COVID.

This was the seventh inspection of the facility in 2020, and a June HIQA inspection had judged Oaklands as non-compliant with infection-control regulations.

Bolden (Nursing) Limited voted at an Emergency General Meeting on February 5 to voluntarily wind up the company, with a member of OHB Consulting Limited appointed as its liquidator.

The Kerryman sought comment from Oaklands Nursing Home in relation to the invoice issued to the family, but had not received a response by the time of going to print. – News