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  • Qld nursing homes told to improve service

    Author: AAP

A group of Queensland aged-care homes targeted in a federal government audit blitz will be allowed to stay open, but have been told to improve in several key areas.

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) on Thursday publicly released reviews of seven nursing homes run by Baptist-linked Carinity Aged Care.

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The audit was sparked after allegations surfaced about neglect, underfeeding and poor health management processes at carinity's Kepnock Grove facility in Bundaberg.

The audit highlighted 21 instances where the homes did not meet expected outcomes, including pain and medication management procedures at Kepnock Grove.

There were nine expected outcomes not met at Karinya in Laidley, including privacy and dignity and clinical care, while there were six not met at Colthup in Ipswich, including continence management.


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"Residents are not satisfied with the management of their continence needs," the report read.

"Residents are not assisted to access toilets and/or assisted with changing continence aids in a timely manner."

Privacy and dignity concerns were raised at three different homes.

AACQA has given each of the five homes that had problems a timetable to rectify them.

Carinity CEO Jon Campbell said this week the issues identified in the reviews had either already been rectified or the organisation was "well advanced" in addressing them.

"There is no serious risk at any of our facilities and all residents are safe and well cared for," Mr Campbell said in a statement.

He said the audits were sparked by "exaggerated media reporting".

"With this unprecedented level of scrutiny, all Carinity's facilities remain credited," Mr Campbell said.

"This should give the public confidence in the quality of our services."


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