The Draft Aged Care Quality Standards have been released by the Department of Health. The development of the standards has been a collaboration between Government and the sector resulting is a single set of consumer-focused quality standards that can be applied across Commonwealth funded aged care programs.
This single set of standards will replace the current four sets of standards operating that operate across Residential Aged Care, Home Care Packages, Transition Care Programs and the National ATSI Flexible Care Program.
The standards are to be implemented from July 2018 and following a 12 month transition an assessment against these standards will commence in July 2019. Providers will need to adopt a whole of business approach to successfully implementing the new standards.
There are eight standards: Standard 1: Consumer dignity and choice Standard 2: Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers Standard 3: Personal care and clinical care Standard 4: Services and supports for daily living Standard 5: Organisation’s service environment Standard 6: Feedback and complaints Standard 7: Human resources Standard 8: Organisational governance
The existing individual program …