Aged care facilities will no longer be given notice of the date of their re-accreditation audit nor of the members of the assessment team.
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The release of new draft aged care standards brings a single quality framework one step closer, but despite a proposed mid-year start date there is still much unknown, including about a pilot underway.
Comprehensive unannounced audits will replace planned accreditation visits in residential aged care facilities, Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has announced.
The Carnell and Paterson review has made 10 recommendations aimed at boosting consumer protection, compliance monitoring and transparency.
Despite a lack of regulation, the small but growing residential aged care sector in Thailand is providing quality care for its rapidly expanding ageing population.
The proposal to charge providers for unannounced accreditation visits is a cost too high for an industry-specific quality assurance system, writes Wayne Belcher.
Aged care providers and consumer representatives say that many of the changes to the quality system being considered by the Department of Health are sensible and logical in light of the reforms to the sector.
Agencies that offer aged care providers reliability and clarity in their site assessments at a competitive price will be those who succeed in the new market of privatised accreditation services, according to a healthcare standards expert.
Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield says there will be “robust requirements” for organisations seeking to provide aged care accreditation services, but experts warn that having multiple assessment agencies can challenge consistency of standards.
The Hub trial will help to lighten the unnecessary administrative burden on aged care staff, so providers can put a greater focus on the safety and wellbeing of care recipients, writes Kevin Andrews.
A whopping 40 per cent of boards of not-for-profit aged care organisations have discussed a merger with another organisation in the past 12 months, and half of them believe it will happen, a new survey of company directors has found.
Complaints handling, enhanced consumer engagement, and consumer directed care in residential aged care are all on the agenda in government’s new red tape reduction trial.
ACSA has also called for changes to the ACAR process, the mandatory reporting regime and the accreditation system in its submission to the Commission of Audit.
The Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency has partnered with state and territory industry peak bodies to offer the Understanding Accreditation course to association members.