The nursing home under investigation over serious complaints of neglect of residents was fully audited and accredited in January by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency (report here: http://www.accreditation.org.au/site/pdfs/reports/local_StLukesNursingHome6_1329774325.pdf).
“CPSA welcomes the announcement that nursing homes without fire sprinklers installed will have to provide signs in the home and on their webpage from April next year”, said CPSA Research/Policy Officer Amelia Christie.
A survey released today confirms what CPSA has long known: Australians do not want to hand over the family home in return for residential aged care.
The Aged Care Commissioner says nursing homes “may be happier” with the Department of Health and Ageing’s aged care Complaints Scheme than “members of the public” (Aged Care Commissioner Annual Report 2011/12, p.2 http://www.agedcarecommissioner.net.au/pdf/Published%20OACC%20Annual%20Report%202012-WEB.pdf).
“CPSA is concerned that fire sprinkler systems for nursing homes may not be taken seriously by the Aged Care Funding Authority when it decides on what type of building upgrades will make nursing homes eligible for higher Government subsidies”, said Research/Policy Officer, Amelia Christie.