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March 13, 2009

Government Imposed Sanctions Against Care Home (Vic. Australia)

9 March 2009

Last night (March 8), the Australian Government imposed sanctions on Werribee Terrace Aged Care in Werribee, Victoria – citing serious concerns with wound management, infection control, weight loss and general clinical care of the residents.

The Department of Health and Ageing would consider the need for further action once it receives the full review audit from the independent Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency (the Accreditation Agency) later this week.

In addition, the Department of Health and Ageing will also refer issues of concern to the Nurses Board of Victoria and Victorian Police.

The Accreditation Agency identified serious risk to the health, safety and well being of residents, relating to skin care, wound management, clinical care, infection control, hydration and nutrition and specialised nursing care needs.

The nursing home was identified as a result of an unannounced visit by Department of Health and Ageing officers from the Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme following a serious complaint about wound management and other clinical issues.

The official sanction was issued and served on March 8 to Calvert Manor Pty Ltd. (It does not operate any other aged care facilities.)

Werribee Terrace Aged Care has 65 high care residents with 11 residents over the age of 90.

At Werribee Terrace Aged Care, the Accreditation Agency had concerns about:

  • Extremely poor wound management with most of the wounds originating as a result of inadequate pressure area care;
  • Poor infection control practices with staff unaware of how to protect residents and themselves;
  • Inadequate management of resident’s pain, including medication; and
  • Residents’ nutrition and hydration needs were not assessed, evaluated and managed

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