Lithgow Aged Care will appeal loss of accreditation after failing 38 out of 42 industry standards

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Lithgow Aged Care Ltd will not be re-accredited after the industry regulator found the home had consistently failed to meet Aged Care Quality Standards.

The aged care provider announced it would appeal the decision but if it fails in its bid 73 residents and 120 staff will be forced to relocate.

Lithgow Aged Care’s existing accreditation will expire on 16 April 2021.

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission imposed sanctions on 18 December after identifying there was an “immediate and severe risk to the safety, health, or well-being of residents”.

Less than one month into the three-month sanction, during an unannounced reaccreditation site audit, the Commission decided not to re-accredit Lithgow Aged Care after finding the home had failed in 38 of the 42 industry standards.

The decision also came after the Commission determined the approved provider hasn’t met the Aged Care Quality Standards since August 2019. 

Since that time, despite advice and support from the Commission, the provider “has not demonstrated the capacity to rectify the non-compliances”.

L.A.C Chairman Stephen Lesslie said the ‘trauma’ of the decision would be ‘devastating’ for everyone involved with the aged care home and he planned to appeal.

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