Damning figures show just two of 16 Queensland Government’s taxpayer-funded aged care facilities reported that they are at least 90% compliant with the minimum 3.65 hours of care per resident daily.
12 of Queensland’s public aged care homes report lower than 16% compliance with minimum staffing requirements, including five that simply do not have enough staff.
The Queensland Government in 2019 introduced legislation requiring public RAC homes to provide a minimum of 3.65 hours of nursing care per resident each day, which is above the 3.33 hours recommended by the Royal Commission into Aged Care and Safety. A two-year phasing-in period means the Queensland legislation is not fully enforced until February 2022 meaning facilities are not considered non-compliant at this time.
Westhaven Aged Care (pictured), a 40-bed RAC facility in Roma, 476km west of Brisbane CBD; Redland Residential Aged Care in Cleveland, 26 km south-east of central Brisbane CBD; The Oaks in Warwick, 130km south-west of Brisbane CBD; and Waroona in Charleville, 683km west of Brisbane CBD, are among the facilities with the lowest minimum compliance.
Westhaven Aged Care has 29% compliance on minimum nurse and support worker mix ratios, 51% compliant with minimum daily resident care hours of 3.65 hours and 16% of compliance with minimum staffing requirements from July to September last year.