New action against Brighton Aged Care

The Department of Health and Ageing has decided to take further action against the Adelaide nursing home and issue the operators with an official notice.

On Friday August 15, the Department issued an official Notice of Non-Compliance and a Notice of Required Action to Brighton Aged Care – after government officers had serious concerns about specific cases in the facility. The main area of concern relates to falls by residents.

Last week, the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency gave Brighton until August 18 to respond to its initial findings before a final decision on the facility by August 25.

The nursing home has been given a timetable to fix those areas identified, ranging from immediate action to address falls management to up to 14 days to fix issues like appropriate equipment and assessments.

On August 1, the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency conducted a full review audit at the nursing home. Brighton Aged Care is operated by the Japara Group which also runs the Kirralee facility in East Ballarat, Victoria.

At Brighton, the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency’s assessors identified 14 possible areas of non-compliance out of 44. The Agency raised the findings with the facility on 11 August 2008. Their response and possible remedies will be taken into account in the Agency’s final decision on compliance at the nursing home.

A final decision will be made on 25 August 2008.

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