Vic providers ready to respond

Aged care operators in Melbourne have rallied to support residents who are set to be removed from a sanctioned home.

In a proactive response to an unfortunate situation, a number of Melbourne nursing homes have indicated that they are ready to take on extra residents from the sanctioned Rosden Private Nursing Home.

The Commonwealth Government is making plans to move residents from the home after an audit from the accreditation agency found that the facility, “failed to provide a safe and clean environment for its residents and has compromised their privacy and dignity”.

All bed allocations at the home will be revoked by 1 October.

The CEO of Aged and Community Care Victoria, Gerard Mansour expressed regret at the findings and said providers would work closely with the Department of Health and Ageing to provide any necessary assistance.

With industry support, the department has already identified over 90 nursing home beds in the area to accommodate Rosden Private Nursing Home’s 55 residents.

“One of the outstanding features of this industry is the level of cooperation between providers,’’ said Mr Mansour.

“Our members are proud of our Code of Conduct, which is based firmly on showing dignity and respect for our elderly.’’

The agency conducted the audit at Rosden Private Nursing Home last week after another facility which shared key personnel with the home, was sanctioned for non-compliance.

The audit found that the home was non-compliant with 17 of 44 expected outcomes, causing serious risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of residents.

Among the agency’s major concerns was the facility’s inadequate and unclean bathroom facilities, which compromised resident. dignity and privacy.

Resident safety was also a problem, with assessors finding potential fire, tripping and choking hazards and chemicals that were not stored properly.

The Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot said the government is committed to improving aged care in Australia.

“This is about protecting frail and aged Australians,” said Mrs Elliot. “We make no apologies for taking prompt action to protect older Australians.”

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