LASA Fusion Summer edition 2021: Are you just reporting incidents? or are incidents an integral part of your governance, risk management, safety and continuous improvement systems?
The health and wellbeing of Australians in residential aged care facilities has been a critical concern throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In Victoria, a number of facilities have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, particularly throughout 2020. Sadly, many of these outbreaks resulted in the deaths of residents.
Aged care residents can expect to start receiving COVID-19 booster shots in the coming weeks, if the regulator provides approval, the federal aged care minister has announced.
Aged Care Employee Day on Saturday 7 August is an annual celebration supporting and honouring Australia's aged care workforce. This year we reflect on the current state of the world, the bushfires earlier in the year, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is vital that all residential aged care services establish processes to emphasise the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 for new residents during the admission process. Ideally new residents should have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to admission. To assist, the Department has developed a protocol, the New Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol, for RACF providers to support new residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, if supported by medical advice.
In its first six weeks, the government’s aged care incident reporting scheme received notification of 778 cases of unreasonable use of force, 448 instances of neglect, 192 cases of unexpected death, and nearly 150 cases of inappropriate sexual conduct.
Announced at the 2021 Federal Budget, the Morrison Government committed $17.7 billion over five years ($3.45 billion per year) to repair the aged care industry. This billion dollar investment into the sector is only the beginning and now the real fight begins to see how the troubled sector lifts its standards after the royal commission found it was failing residents and their families.
The world marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons as we reckon with the disproportionate and severe impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on older persons around the world – not only on their health, but on their rights and well-being.