If you are working in the aged care sector, you will definitely know that this week marks the start of some pretty big changes to how the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency works, and to the quality standards they will be auditing under. First of all it's now unannounced visits all the time for residential care facilities - this is massive and I believe we will see a big increase in the number of not mets being issued for at least the first 12 - 18 months of this new methodology.
The other big change is the merging of all the different aged care standards into one set called the Aged Care Quality Standards. This will affect every Home Care and Residential Aged Care provider. Although the standards were legislated to come into effect on 1 July 2018 (with a transition period until 1 July 2019), the guidelines (I believe) are still in draft - the standards themselves only had a couple of minor changes through the consultation process.
Whenever new standards replace old, the first thing people ask is "what has changed?" Usually, standards-owners don't make the changes too dramatic - the words may move around, but to majorly change the intent or requirements of standards would place too much pressure on organisations, and government will generally try to avoid that.
With that in mind, I mapped the new Aged Care Quality Standards against the previous Home Care Standards, and Aged Care Accreditation Standards. And you can get a copy FOR FREE.
All you need to do is send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to include your work email signature*, and I'll send you a copy of the mapping. Please see below a sample from the first page:
This is a basic mapping tool, but should give you a head start on knowing what you might need to do for your quality management system (e.g. changing documents).
All the best for this new world of aged care.
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