SA Gov aged care facilities fail 21 of 44 operating requirements

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Bonney Lodge and Hawdon House at Barmera in the Riverland region of SA were reviewed by ACQSC in June this year.

In the final report handed down recently, both facilities failed 21 of 44 expected outcomes, including in the areas of staff development, clinical care, specialised nursing care needs, and behavioural management.

They also failed expected outcomes under pain and medication management, nutrition and hydration and skincare.

The findings come amid the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which was sparked by the ABC’s investigation into mistreatment of residents at the Oakden aged care facility in SA, also a State Government-run aged care facility.

The two facilities will stay open but have a year stripped off their accreditation periods, which does raise the question of whether State Governments should be involved in aged care at all?