Kirralee – Shortened Accreditation Period
The Kirralee Residential Aged Care Facility in East Ballarat is compliant with all 44 accreditation outcomes. But the Department of Health and Ageing and the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency will continue to monitor for the welfare and safety of residents. Kirralee has been accredited for six months until March 2009.
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5 September 2008
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The Kirralee Residential Aged Care Facility in East Ballarat is compliant with all 44 accreditation outcomes.
But the Department of Health and Ageing and the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency will continue to monitor for the welfare and safety of residents.
Kirralee has been accredited for six months until March 2009.
In addition, the Department of Health and Ageing has advised that the Victorian police continue to consider the matter and no charges have been laid at this stage.
In July, the Department of Health and Ageing imposed tough sanctions on Kirralee Residential Aged Care Facility – following the identification of serious risk to residents.
The risks were identified as a result of the Government’s unannounced visits.
“We make no apologies for the tough action as the welfare of residents is our first priority,” Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot said.
The serious risk was posed by unacceptable care provided to residents at that Home, including poor nutrition, poor hydration, poor wound management, poor pain management and poor clinical care.
This week, the Department of Health and Ageing advised that the approved provider had made changes to practices at the home.
During the short accreditation period the Department will continue to visit the nursing home and monitor the care of residents.
The Approved Provider has sought a review of the Department’s decision and has lodged an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal against the Agency’s decision.
In accordance with legislative provisions, the review audit report of 19-22 July 2008 has not been released while reconsideration processes are underway.
For more information, contact Mrs Elliot's office on (02) 6277 7280
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