Aged care providers warned to have emergency plans in place for bushfire season

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The Department of Health has issued a warning for aged care providers to prepare sites, staff and clients for the threat of bushfires and extreme weather events after last year’s horrific season.

“The Aged Care Quality Standards require service providers to have effective risk management systems and practices to maintain quality care in these emergency circumstances,” the Department said in a statement issued this week.

The Department advises service providers to:

  • Contact local fire authorities to discuss bushfire implications and possible requirements
  • Ensure daily lists of all onsite residents are updated
  • Continually monitor local emergency broadcasting services for information
  • Ensure evacuation plans include realistic arrangements for transportation and alternative accommodation, and provision for resident identification and care plan documents

You can find a comprehensive list of requirements here.

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