Greek Orthodox Church’s St Basil’s Home in Sydney non-compliant on 35 of 42 standards

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The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) has taken action against the Greek Orthodox Church’s aged care facility St Basil’s Home in Randwick, 6km southeast of Sydney’s CBD.

The aged care home will not receive Commonwealth subsidies for any new care recipients for six months, and must participate in fortnightly teleconferences with the ACQSC and complete fortnightly reports outlining the facility’s steps towards improvement.

The facility has been ordered to hire an external advisor and conduct staff training to lift its standards after an inspection by the ACQSC in June found the home was non-compliant on 35 of the 42 key benchmarks used to assess the wellbeing of aged care residents including noncompliance with the safe and effective personal care of residents and effective management of high-impact risks.

The inspection found lunch services in a dementia unit consisted of puree with large amounts of gravy.

In a statement, St Basil’s Homes acting CEO Spiro Stavis said the facility was committed to addressing the areas of noncompliance, appointing Anchor Excellence as advisors.