Aged care home sanctioned

SANCTION: Whyalla Aged Care's Copperhouse Court facility has been sanctioned for failing to meet three health and personal care standards.
SANCTION: Whyalla Aged Care's Copperhouse Court facility has been sanctioned for failing to meet three health and personal care standards.

Whyalla Aged Care’s 42-bed Copperhouse Court facility has been sanctioned by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission for the second time in nine years.

The sanctions were imposed on January 24, with the Department of Health identifying an ‘immediate and severe risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of some care recipients based on information received from the commission.

The aged care facility failed to meet the standard required for three health and personal care areas – pain management, continence management and behavioural management.

Whyalla Aged Care CEO Jaunita Walker said the Board and Management of Whyalla Aged Care, Department of Health and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission had met with residents and relatives in a meeting on February 5 to discuss the sanction placed on the home.

The sanction means Copperhouse Court will be unable to receive Commonwealth funding for new residents during the next six months.

“No new residents will be admitted to the home during this period,” Mrs Walker said.

“The sanction will provide the home time to focus on addressing the not-met accreditation outcomes before admitting any new residents.”

A second requirement of the sanction was to appoint a nurse advisor in the home. 

Mrs Walker said Whyalla Aged Care had implemented this immediately.

“The nurse advisor will report directly to the Department of Health and has been appointed to help staff in the home address the clinical governance issues recently identified,” she said.

The sanction also includes the requirement to provide additional training to staff in the home related to pain management, continence  management and behavioral management.

Mrs Walker said that all Commonwealth funded Aged Care homes received regular unannounced quality reviews to ensure they continually meet the Aged Care Accreditation Standards.

“Copperhouse Court has met the requirements of the  Accreditation Standards since their previous sanction in 2010,” she said.

“Whilst we are extremely disappointed by the recent audit results, we have taken immediate steps to address the quality issues and to ensure the home continues to meet all 44 expected outcomes of the Accreditation Standards.”