Melbourne home sanctioned

A Dandenong facility will hold a meeting for residents and family members after being sanctioned.

The federal government has imposed sanctions on a 60-bed nursing home in the outer Melbourne suburb of Dandenong, saying there was serious risk to resident health and safety.

The Department of Health and Ageing conducted an unannounced visit to Grandview Gardens after receiving a complaint about poor wound management at the home on 24 February.

The home was then visited by the Department of Health and Ageing before the official sanction was issued on 4 March.

The government had been monitoring the home since October last year when an “informant” raised concerns when staff members failed to receive their entitlements.

In its audit the agency identified issues with pain management, residents’ skin integrity and unfilled staff vacancies.

Agency assessors will monitor the home daily until the perceived risk is lifted and a Commonwealth nurse advisor will be appointed to the home for six months.

The facility is organising a meeting for next week to inform residents and their family members of the steps it will now take.

“We make no apologies for placing a nursing home under sanction,” the Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot said.

“This is about the protection and the welfare of frail and aged Australians and we will act when it is necessary.

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