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This small group had its home rated as the worst of the worst when it failed 39 of the 44 accreditation standards
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This nursing home in Victoria had the distinction of becoming the worst of the worst when it failed 39 of the 44 criteria for accreditation in 2002. This was soon after a federal MP had visited and praised the owners who were selling the home at the time. In this instance all of the parties were named.
One can only wonder how the problems described could have developed in the 2 weeks since the old owners took the cash generated by the under-staffing and ran. By any standards these were chronic problems due to poor staffing. One wonders how a situation like this could develop and the sort of people who could go along with it.
THIS is the nursing home that has been ranked the worst in the state.
June 2002 Worst of the worst
The Eildon Nursing Home in Ringwood scored worst among 29 Victorian nursing homes and hostels checked by the Aged Care Standards Agency this year.
The home failed 39 of the 44 standards set by the Federal Government.
The audit came soon after federal MP Phillip Baressi visited the home and publicly commended its retiring managers, Margaret and Andrew Robinson, for "improving the quality of life of so many older Australians".
Breaches at Eildon spelled out in the 55-page report included: DOCTORS not being called for some ill residents.
DISPOSABLE syringes being rinsed and re-used for medical procedures.
NO SOAP or towels in toilets.
NO ACTIVITIES or stimulation other than TV.
RESIDENTS being served cold baked beans, a slice of bread and cold tea for dinner.
MANY not getting enough to eat or drink and losing weight.
MEALS served on stained and dirty plastic crockery, with old tea towels and rags as napkins.
RESIDENTS being made to wear incontinence pads and urinate in their pants to save staff the trouble of helping them to the toilet.
RESIDENTS who soiled their beds at night being made to sleep naked from the waist down on disposable sheets.
RESIDENTS being made to shower and use the toilet in view of others.
RESIDENTS being strapped into beds or chairs, despite the risk of strangulation, or being restrained with drugs.
BEDRIDDEN residents being left to sit alone for hours in dark rooms to save on electricity costs.
PAIN going untreated and residents being branded disruptive if they cry out because of pain.
Administrator Janet Lawrence said conditions at the Derwent St home were no longer as bad as those revealed during the audit.
"It was an unfortunate time. The owners were new. They only had two weeks into it," Ms Lawrence said.
She said the owners, Newton and Della Saparamadu, found the events described in the report very distressing.
"The management and staff are working together to make improvements and we have made improvements," she said.
The worst of the worst. Herald-Sun June 24, 2002
The promise came as the former owners of the Eildon Nursing Home denied any responsibility for the problems uncovered during an agency audit.
Jun 2002 Old owners deny responsibility
The Herald Sun reported yesterday that the Ringwood home had failed 39 of the 44 government standards during a check in April.
Co-owners Ray Allen and Margaret Robinson sold the home to Newton and Della Saparamadu shortly before the audit.
The Department of Health and Ageing is working with the Saparamadus to improve standards. State manager Maree Bowman said residents were no longer at risk.
Staff demand for homes. Herald-Sun June 25, 2002
This home is not listed among the 2004/5 approved homes, nor is another home at this address. Perhaps it has closed.
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