Mandating Staff Ratios

Why is that 36 homes have been flagged as “serious risk” to residents during 2017/18 (39 serious risk findings from 1 July 2017 to 30 April 2018).

165 facilities have failed at least one accreditation standard.

The previous financial year had 22 and only 2 in the year before.

Why is the industry seeing such an increase in serious risk?

Is it because of:

  • Tougher and more frequent Quality Agency review audits
  • A shortage of suitably qualified & trained workforce
  • Tight Budgetary pressures
  • Poor Leadership
  • Absence or lack of suitable IT systems to improve efficiency and communication or
  • Insufficient Clinical Governance and oversight?

A very hot topic that everyone is talking about at the moment is about mandating staff ratios in aged care facilities.

Do you think this is the answer to reducing risk?  Is it achievable or unsustainable?

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