Jun 26, 2020

Quality Commission resumes unannounced visits

In line with a COVIDSafe Australia guidance, the Commission has re-commenced conducting unannounced visits to aged care services.

While we have undertaken risk-based site visits throughout the pandemic, as a temporary measure from 16 March 2020 we introduced a short period of notice (less than 48 hours) prior to visiting a site to minimise infection risks to aged care consumers, aged care staff and our own employees.  We have also undertaken a range of off-site monitoring activities on the basis of the Commission’s assessment of risk.

All Commission staff entering an aged care service will provide evidence of having received a 2020 influenza vaccination. We will continue to undertake pre-screening of our staff before entering an aged care service as well as take steps to ensure our practices on site are compliant with infection control requirements.

Further advice will be provided shortly on the next steps in relation to reaccreditation site audits at residential services.

This information was provided by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission in their latest Aged Care Quality Bulletin.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


7 Question You Need To Ask When Looking For Aged Care

It’s never an easy decision, deciding that a loved one needs to move into aged care, but sometimes it’s a necessary one. Sometimes the reality is that they cannot live in their own home anymore, or it’s just not possible for the family to care for them. It’s a difficult process that the older person... Read More

Calls for Quality & Safety Commission to have greater powers following Newmarch outbreak

  With a total of 19 residents deaths and 71 staff members and residents testing positive for COVID-19, the situation that unfolded at Anglicare’s Newmarch House has become a case study in what can happen when infection control goes wrong in an Australian aged care home. The recent Four Corners exposé entitled ‘Like the Plague’... Read More

Nutrition week

Did you know that people over 60 often fall short of eating the recommended daily serves for four of the five food groups? Read More