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A leading member of the aged care community was a director of a company which was sanctioned in 2004. The release of details about this were delayed.
Mews Aged Care Facility
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This is another single nursing home entity which targeted the luxury market where there were extra payments. The care it provided was anything but, perhaps because the extra money all went to profits. Worse still one of the directors was a prominent person in the sector and on the board of the Aged Care Association in Victoria. Once again there were nursing problems at its Mews Aged Care Facility. It was sanctioned for 6 months.
In a betrayal of their mission and the prospective residents choosing a nursing home the faults in the home were not released publicly for 6 months and only after the sanctions had expired and the home had patched up its services to meet accreditation standards. The 1997 act was used as justification for this. Why reports of similar problems in other homes were released is not explained. We can only speculate whether the involvement of a prominent figure in the sector played a part.
A NURSING home linked to one of Victoria's top industry officials has been slapped with sanctions after residents were found to be at serious risk.
Apr 2004 Top industry official involved
The Mews Aged Care Facility is a top-tier Camberwell nursing home where residents pay a premium for extra services.
Aged Care Association of Victoria board member Greg Gunn is a director of the company that runs the home.
Facilities include an on-site hairdressing salon where residents can make appointments, hotel-type accommodation and meals cooked by a former hotel chef.
The 60-room home's motto is: "Luxury at its best!"
Plush home punished Herald-Sun April 23, 2004
The Mews Aged Care Facility, a 60-bed high-care nursing home, has until October 9 to meet the standards or lose its accreditation.
Jun 2004 Cannot be made public!
An audit by the Department of Aged Care's Standards and Accreditation Agency found there was an "immediate and severe risk to the health, safety or wellbeing of residents".
Under the Aged Care Act (1997), the reasons sanctions have been placed on the home are confidential and cannot be made public.
Restrictions placed on nursing home Progress Leader June 1, 2004
Details of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency auditors' findings, made public for the first time last week, have revealed inappropriate wound care, unsafe medication practices, inadequate documentation and an absence of staff training among the concerns.
Oct 2004 Released after sanctions lifted
The last of two Commonwealth Health and Ageing Department sanctions imposed on The Mews Aged Care Facility, a 60-bed high-care nursing home, was lifted on October 9 when the home satisfied all accreditation criteria.
During an agency assessment between April 14 and 21, auditors noted medication had been left unattended on residents' lockers and in one instance, on a resident's wheelchair.
The review also found residents did not always receive appropriate clinical care, with a third of files not containing a full care plan, despite The Mews' policy stating each resident have one within 45 days of admission.
Aged home passes test Progress Leader October 19, 2004
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