A nursing home in Woodend, Victoria, where a resident sexually assaulted a frail woman in her 80s, has now been sanctioned by the Department of Health.
The facility has been sanctioned following an audit by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, with the Department of Health deeming the facility to pose “an immediate and severe risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of care recipients”.
“Serious concerns” were raised in the audit about Bupa Woodend’s staffing, health and personal care...
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An aged care facility in Lindisfarne, Tasmania, failed an Australian Aged Care Quality Agency audit, according to ABC media reports, but the results of the audit remain unpublished, meaning consumers remain in the dark.
The ABC reported that Queen Victoria Care, Hobart, failed seven of the 44 quality standards - including in matters associated with staffing, behaviour management, home environment, catering, cleaning, and health and safety.
The ABC reported that it has seen the audit report, and that it says...
One of our readers has shared her story of the resident-on-resident abuse her mother fell victim to while in temporary care. She is calling for cameras to be introduced in all aged care facilities.
Susan Cosgrove’s mother, Mary*, who has dementia, went into temporary care recently after she suffered a small bleed on her brain.
But rather than receiving the care and support she needed, Mary, who was still recovering, was violently attacked at the residence on two different occasions...
Continence management is one of the most complex issues in residential aged care.
Incontinence is one of the top three reasons people enter residential aged care in the first place, according to studies.
And once in aged care, poorly managed incontinence can significantly impact on a person’s quality of life, and lead to loss of dignity, thereby contributing to poor mental health outcomes, says the Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA).
A study from 2011, found that 70.9 per cent...