Many industry leaders use our services to ensure compliance with the new aged care quality standards and its requirements. We provide peace of mind with our evidence-based, policies and procedures using best practices from Australia and New Zealand.
Aged Care Facilities are under more scrutiny from the Quality Agency than ever, with unannounced visits now a necessary part of the AACQA re-accreditation auditing process. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has added another dimension to the aged care industry. Facilities must be able to provide evidence of their compliance with eight individual quality standards for aged care, covering everything from personal and clinical care to consumer dignity and choice. Standard three (3) applies to Infection prevention and control and its effect on consumers:
Standard 3 – Personal care and clinical care
I get personal care, clinical care, or both personal care and clinical care, that is safe and right for me.
2. The organisation delivers safe and effective personal care, clinical care, or both personal care and clinical care, in accordance with the consumer’s needs, goals and preferences to optimise health and well-being.
3. The organisation demonstrates the following:
(a) each consumer gets safe and effective personal care, clinical care, or both personal care and clinical care, that:
(i) is best practice; and
(ii) is tailored to their needs; and
(iii) optimises their health and well-being;
(b) effective management of high impact or high prevalence risks associated with the care of each consumer;
(c) the needs, goals and preferences of consumers nearing the end of life are recognised and addressed, their comfort maximised and their dignity preserved;
(d) deterioration or change of a consumer’s mental health, cognitive or physical function, capacity or condition is recognised and responded to in a timely manner;
(e) information about the consumer’s condition, needs and preferences is documented and communicated within the organisation, and with others where responsibility for care is shared;
(f) timely and appropriate referrals to individuals, other organisations and providers of other care and services;
(g) minimisation of infection related risks through implementing:
(i) standard and transmission based precautions to prevent and control infection; and
(ii) practices to promote appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use to support optimal care and reduce the risk of increasing resistance to antibiotics.