Au­dit finds aged care fail­ures

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

A RE­VIEW of how a Tas­ma­nian aged care home dealt with an in­fluenza out­break which killed six res­i­dents has found the fa­cil­ity failed to meet all its ac­cred­i­ta­tion stan­dards.

The Strathde­von nurs­ing home at La­trobe was one of 21 in the state af­fected by flu out­breaks in Au­gust as one of the worst flu sea­sons took its toll.

Unit­ing AgeWell chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Kin­ner­sly said the Aus­tralian Aged Care Qual­ity Agency did an au­dit of the Strathde­von fa­cil­ity with a fo­cus on how it man­aged the out­break. The agency found the fa­cil­ity had failed to meet five of the 44 stan­dards.

The home will re­tain its ac­cred­i­ta­tion and un­dergo a reac­cred­i­ta­tion au­dit in March next year.

“I sin­cerely re­gret we did not meet the stan­dards in all re­spects and un­re­servedly apol­o­gise for fail­ing to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the agency, res­i­dents, fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity,” Mr Kin­ner­sly said.

In re­sponse to the find­ings, a nurse ad­viser has since been em­ployed to lead staff, more clean­ers and clin­i­cal work­ers have been hired, in­creased out­break man­age­ment ed­u­ca­tion con­ducted and com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines for res­i­dents and fam­i­lies have been strength­ened, Unit­ing AgeWell said.

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