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Residents' rights in aged care

On 4 July 2019, Berrington Care Group Pty Ltd and Berrington Group Pty Ltd went into voluntary administration. Berrington is a well-known provider of residential aged care to the premium end of the Perth market, and its voluntary administration has attracted considerable public interest.  Please click on the image below to download a full copy of David's article published in the September 2019 edition of Medical Forum....

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Movement of provisionally allocated aged care places: The law catches up
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Movement of provisionally allocated aged care places: The law catches up

The Aged Care Amendment (Movement of Provisionally Allocated Places) Bill 2019 (Bill) was introduced into the House of Representatives on 24 July 2019. The Bill proposes to amend the Aged Care Act 1997 (Act) to enable the Secretary of the Department of Health (or their delegates) to allow approved providers of residential aged care to move provisionally allocated residential aged care places from one region to another, within a state or territory....

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Retirement Village Consultation – Understanding the Obligation
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Retirement Village Consultation – Understanding the Obligation

The administering body of a retirement village has an obligation to establish appropriate procedures for consulting with residents on various matters under the Fair Trading (Retirement Villages Interim Code) Regulations (No. 2) 2018 (“RV Code”). These matters include: the future planning and budgeting of the retirement village and any other proposed change to the operating financial arrangements ...

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So you’re a home care provider who enters into brokerage arrangements … or are you?
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So you’re a home care provider who enters into brokerage arrangements … or are you?

‘Brokerage’ is a term frequently used by home care providers. In our experience it has become a term used to describe a number of situations in which providers use a third party to deliver services to a care recipient (ie client). In truth, an approved provider who engages a third party service provider can do so under a brokered model (as an agent) or under a subcontracting arrangement (as principal to a subcontractor)....

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Preventable death finding highlights risks posed by violent residents
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Preventable death finding highlights risks posed by violent residents

Betty Quayle was 89 years of aged when she died on 31 May 2013.  Mrs Quayle resided at an aged care residential facility in Cairns. Resident A also resided at the same aged care residential facility.  Resident A was 74 years old and suffered from cognitive impairment, consistent with alcohol related dementia. At about 3:00am on 30 May 2013, Resident A wandered from his wing and inadvertently into Mrs Quayle’s room....

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Home Care Pricing Transparency and Comparability - 30 November 2018 and beyond

In March 2018, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, convened a policy roundtable, to discuss a proposed approach to transparency and comparability of home care pricing. This came in response to increasing concerns raised by senior Australians and their families about a lack of transparency and comparability of pricing information, and high administration prices being charged by some home care providers....

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Recommendation for mandatory RN care in residential aged care facilities

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport released the final report on Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities on 22 October 2018 (the Report).  The Report comes after a series of government inquiries into aged care and with the aged care royal commission being called toward the end of the inquiry (the Terms of Reference of which can be read here)....

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Royal Commission Terms of Reference released

As expected, the Terms of Reference are broad and they can be reviewed here. Of note, the Terms outline the scope of the quality and safety matters that the Commission will look at which include, but are not limited to: dignity, choice and control, nutrition, medication management, end of life care, systems to ensure that high quality care is delivered, such as governance arrangements and management support systems....

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ROYAL COMMISSION INTO AGED CARE QUALITY AND SAFETY

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is to examine the quality of care in residential and home care services provided to senior Australians, as well as to younger persons with disability who are living in residential aged care. The calling of the Royal Commission will bring a dramatic escalation in media glare and public scrutiny to the Aged Care sector – a sector that has already endured 20 aged care reviews in the last 20 years....

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Another inquiry into aged care? What is the Aged Care Royal Commission, and how will it be different?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the Government's decision to ask the Governor General to establish a Royal Commission into the aged care sector.  This is not the first government investigation into aged care in recent history. What is a Royal Commission? A Royal Commission is a public inquiry established under the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) (“Royal Commissions Act”)....

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Report of the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices

The report recommends the introduction of a bill for voluntary assisted dying, which should be drafted in consultation with a panel of experts, including health and legal professionals and health consumers. The framework proposed by the report differs from the Victorian legislation in that eligibility for assisted dying is not dependent on a timeframe in which it is anticipated that the person will ...

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Coroner seeks strategies for managing residents with dysphagia

Paul Milward was aged 53 at the time of his death on 31 August 2015 and resided at an aged care residential facility. Mr Milward suffered from Huntington's disease, depression, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and asthma.  He was on numerous medications.  It was noted in Mr Milward’s aged care record that he required assistance with activities of daily living and mobility due to involuntary movements (chorea) as a result of Huntington's disease....

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