Monday, June 10, 2019

Preparing for the new Aged Care Quality Standards


Are you ready? There are only three weeks until the new Aged Care Quality Standards come into play. Additional to these standards, there are a raft of other changes being implemented in the sector, including:

  • New chemical and physical restraints regulation;
  • National Aged Care Quality Indicator Program; and
  • Charter of Aged Care Rights.

We have put together a list of helpful links on each to ensure you, as a provider or care receiver, know what’s coming.

Aged Care Quality Standards:

From 1 July 2019, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission will begin assessment and monitoring against the new Aged Care Quality Standards. The Commission has a range of resources available for print and download to support service providers and those receiving care during this transition period. These include:

About the new standards;

A range of provider and consumer resources;

A 30 minute education video for service providers

New chemical and physical restraints regulation:

Chemical and physical restraint in aged care homes will be better regulated, following extensive examination of this important issue over the past 18 months.

To assist managers and staff to practice quality use and safe management of medicines: Guiding principles for medication management in residential aged care facilities;

The Department has also provided the Decision-Making Tool Kit - Supporting a restraint free environment in Residential Aged Care

National Aged Care Quality Indicator Program:

From 1 July 2019, all Commonwealth subsidised residential aged care homes must collect and provide clinical quality indicator data to the Department of Health. Quality Indicators measure different aspects of services from providers that contribute to the quality of life and experience of those in care.

The main objectives of the National Aged Care Quality Indicator Program are:

to give consumers transparent, comparable information about quality in aged care to aid decision making;

for providers to have robust, valid data to measure and monitor their performance and support continuous quality improvement.

More information and resources can be found here.

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