Waratah nursing home may lose its accreditation due to ‘severe risk’

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Waratah nursing home may lose its accreditation due to ‘severe risk’ Tinonee Gardens aged care facility in Waratah. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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Tinonee Gardens aged care facility in Waratah. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tinonee Gardens aged care facility in Waratah. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Concerns: Bethel Aged Care facility in Waratah has been sanctioned by the Department Of Health after an unannounced audit in May revealed the nursing home was not meeting accreditation standards. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Concerns: Bethel Aged Care facility in Waratah has been sanctioned by the Department Of Health after an unannounced audit in May revealed the nursing home was not meeting accreditation standards. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Concerns: Bethel Aged Care facility in Waratah has been sanctioned by the Department Of Health after an unannounced audit in May revealed the nursing home was not meeting accreditation standards. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Concerns: Bethel Aged Care facility in Waratah has been sanctioned by the Department Of Health after an unannounced audit in May revealed the nursing home was not meeting accreditation standards. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Concerns: Bethel Aged Care facility in Waratah has been sanctioned by the Department Of Health after an unannounced audit in May revealed the nursing home was not meeting accreditation standards. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Concerns: Bethel Aged Care facility in Waratah has been sanctioned by the Department Of Health after an unannounced audit in May revealed the nursing home was not meeting accreditation standards. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookUPDATE:AN aged care facility in Waratah has been granted an extra month to meet industry standards before its accreditation is revoked in November.

From November 2, Tinonee Gardens The Multicultural Village will no longer be eligible for government subsidies unless the aged care facility can implement the industry requirementsto protect the health andwelfare of its care recipients.

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency chief executive Nick Ryan said following a request to reconsider the original decision to revoke the accreditation of Tinonee Gardens in Waratah, the agency had decided to vary the date of revocation fromOctober 5, 2018, to November 2,2018.

“A decision to revoke a service’s accreditation means the service isno longer eligible for government subsidies from the specified date of revocation,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Quality Agency will continue to monitor the quality of care at Tinonee Gardens in the coming months.”

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TWO aged care facilities in Waratah have been penalised by the Department of Health after officials deemed theman “immediate and severe risk”to the safetyof residents.

Bethel Aged Care FacilityandTinonee GardensThe Multicultural Village cannotallocatevacant residential care places, and will not receiveCommonwealth subsidiesfor new residents,for six months.

Bethel, owned by Empowered Living Support Services, failed to meet 21 of the 44 “expected outcomes” required to comply with national accreditation standards during an “unannounced” Australian Aged Care Quality Agency auditin May.

The subsequent report, publishedon the Quality Agency’s website,said call bells were not answered in a timely manner, that thebathrooms and toilets observed during the audit were“not clean,”and that residents did not feel they were treated with respect.

The facility was found to have insufficient“appropriately skilled and qualified staff.” It had failed to provide a “safe and comfortable environment consistent with the needs of care recipients.”

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Pain management options were not offered,usedor monitored to ensure residents were “as free as possible from pain,” and specialised nursing care needs were not being met by appropriately qualified staff.

Feedback detailed in the report showed staff felt unable to complete all of their duties within the time allocated when “all rostered shifts” were not filled.

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency chief executive Nick Ryan said Bethelhadbeen placed on a “timetable for improvement.”

“The timetable allows for the home to take action to rectify the non-compliance before another full auditis conducted,” Mr Ryan said.

GaryBrassington, the care manager at Bethel in Waratah, said they hadtaken “immediate action” in response to the Department of Healthsanction.

“Additional staff resources have been brought in and we have reviewed our operational procedures to ensure the issues identified are rectified,” he said.

“We have met with residents and their families and will continue to work with the regulator to ensure we continue to provide the home-like environment and high quality care expected by our residents.”

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Tinonee Gardens was sanctionedby the Department of Healthfor the second time in 14 months.

Concern: Tinonee Gardens aged care facility in Waratah has been sanctioned by the Department of Health after an unannounced audit. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Quality Agency conducted an unannounced review audit at Tinonee Gardens in Juneto assess the home’s compliance against the expected outcomes of the accreditation standards.

The audit found the facility had failed to meet13 of the 44 expected outcomes.

“Following an audit, procedural fairness allows for the home to respond to the findings of the assessment teamand the decision maker to consider this response, along with any available additional information, before a decision on the home’s compliance with the Standards is made,” he said.

“The assessment team’s initial findings have also been provided to the Department of Health for its consideration. A report will be available on the Quality Agency’s website once a final decision is made.

“The Quality Agency continues to monitor Tinonee Gardens Multicultural Village for compliance.”

Problems identified in the audit related to pain and continence management, skin care, privacy and dignity, regulatory compliance and clinical care.

Neil Sutherland, the recently appointedacting chief executive officer of Tinonee Gardens, said a nurse adviser and aged care administrators had been appointed –as required under the sanction –to enact improvements for the residents, families and carers, and staff.

“Some improvements, such as increased staffing, have already been implemented,” Mr Sutherland said.

“However, many improvements will require careful consideration, consultation and planning prior to implementation.

“The board and management team of Tinonee Gardens wish to apologise to the staff, residents, families and carers for their failure to establish, implement and monitor effective systems and processes to ensure that the care needs of all residents were being adequately attended to and monitored.”

“[We] wish to acknowledge the impact of the imposition of sanctions upon the staff,” he said. “Concerns and feedback are being noted.”

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