The Department of Health and Ageing has imposed sanctions on a Melbourne nursing home after assessors from the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency identified concerns with as many as 30 of the 44 expected outcomes.

Latrobe Private Nursing Home, a 30-place high care facility in northern metropolitan Melbourne, was found to present serious risk to residents.

The agency is still deciding on the total level of non-compliance.

The agency conducted two unannounced visits in mid-October and a comprehensive review audit over three days last week.

The visits from the agency were in response to a referral from the department’s Complaints Investigation Scheme.

Issues raised by the scheme and the agency include insufficient appropriately skilled staff, poor medication and wound management, an unsafe physical environment and staff without police checks.

The home has been ordered to appoint an administrator for six months and will not be able to receive funding for new residents for six months and the department and the agency will continue to closely monitor its performance.

“The care and welfare of residents is our primary concern – they come first,” said the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot.

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