A research institute at Macquarie University has secured $1.8 million to develop a digital dashboard to help aged care providers monitor quality indicators and improve the health and wellbeing of residents.
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Gaps in audit documentation and a lack of transparency in accreditation and sanction procedures at a Victorian facility have been under the spotlight of the royal commission this week.
Medication management remains the top reason behind complaints in residential aged care but human resource management is the most frequently unmet outcome during audits, new data from the sector’s regulator shows.
A series of short animated films focused on spiritual care and the quality standards has been launched to help aged care embed practices into their services.
The aged care regulator is taking steps to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all former residents of a Gold Coast facility that closed unexpectedly and has commenced an audit of the provider’s regulatory compliance.
Bupa says it will ensure its aged care facility on the NSW South Coast will continue to operate.
All aged care providers will be assessed under the new standards from July and they have been advised not to expect the transition period to continue beyond this date.
An educational video has been launched to help aged care services comply with the sector’s incoming quality standards.
Consumer reporting for home and community-based aged care services is set to come into force in June.
A Senate inquiry has recommended the federal government clarify that residential aged care providers ultimately hold a duty of care to all residents and that the quality commission has a similar responsibility for regulation.
The preparatory work for a new serious incident scheme for aged care announced in this week’s budget includes developing a consultation paper, further research and legislative amendments.
The federal budget contains few surprises for the aged care sector with most measures previously announced and already allocated.
A government-commissioned report recommends a broader range of reportable incidents in aged care and outlines five options for a new serious incident scheme, three of which apply across all settings.
Aged care organisations need to ensure the services they procure also meet the new quality standards, a provider’s head of procurement tells Australian Ageing Agenda.