We are pround to announce the launch of Accreditation Ready for Aged Care Professionals. Writen by our CEO Felicity Hamilton, it is a fantastic book with everything you need to be ready for accreditation 24/7. The book provides straight up, practical advise about managing accreditation preparedness and clinical goverance with tips, check lists and good old fashioned know how. Get your copy now on Amazon!
The Winnovation awards celebrates innovative South Australian women and this year our own co-founder and CEO Felicity Hamilton is a finalist! Read about all the great women who have been selected as finalists on the TechInSA Winnovation page. https://techinsa.com.au/news/winnovation-awards-finalists-announced-awards-night-18-october-2018/
If you are an Aged Care provider, now is the time to review how your organisation manages quality and safety and take steps to identify any gaps, inefficiencies and areas of non compliance. Reviewing the existing deficits in your quality management system and compiling a "to do" list is only the beginning. The real challenge is not just getting on top of things but staying on top. Understanding clinical governance and how it supports a robust framework of quality and safety is fundamental. Master your clinical governance system and you will be using a formula that will reassure your care recipients, auditors and the public of your commitment to high quality care now and into the future.
More about the Royal Commission:
On September 16, a Royal Commission has been announced into the quality and safety of aged care in Australia.
The Commission will look at:
The extent of substandard care
The provision of care to people with disabilities living in residential aged care
The needs of those with dementia
The challenges and opportunities for those delivering care especially in remote and rural Australia
If you would like to read the letter from Minister Wyatt concerning the Royal Commission please follow this link.
Management of pain in age are facilities is part of the new Aged Care Quality Standards.
Standard 3 Delivering personal care and/or clinical care
3.7 Identification and management of high-impact or high-prevalence risks associated with the care of each consumer, including but not limited to falls, pressure injuries, medication misadventure, choking, malnutrition, dehydration, pain and delirium.
Failure to demonstrate that effective pain management is implemented consistant with the assessed needs of care recipients can be grounds for failure of accreditation.
Poor pain managment was recently sighted as a contributing factor for an Aged Care facility in NSW who recently had their accreditation licence revoked. The story, run by the ABC can be read in full here.
The AACQA have also recently focused on pain management in their June release of the Quality Standard newsletter. Link through to the newsletter which includes some rich resources for those wanting to learn more about pain management in aged care. Pain in aged care
In addition, to the links provided by the AACQA, here is a good article from the RACGP about pain managment in Aged care facilities.
What steps can you take to ensure your Aged Car Faciiity in meeting expectations in the provision of pain managment for care recipients?
To ensure your Aged Care Facilty in inline with best practice in regards to pain management, options include:
This is a fantastic story published by the ABC about a group of aged care residents cooking for the homeless. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.