On 30 January 2018, the Department of Health released a draft single set of quality standards.
We have started to look at these and will begin planning to update Manad Plus where required so you will be ready to use these new standards.
The draft Aged Care Quality Standards will apply to Commonwealth aged care services. The draft standards have been structured so that aged care providers will only have to meet those standards that are relevant to the type of care and services they provide and the environment in which services are delivered.
Subject to agreement by the Government, the Standards are expected to be implemented from 1 July 2018. A 12-month transition period will apply, meaning that assessment against the new Standards will commence from 1 July 2019.
This single set of standards, developed as part of the Single Quality Framework, will replace the current four sets of aged care standards:
• Accreditation Standards for residential care and short-term restorative care delivered in a residential setting
• Home Care Standards for home care, short-term restorative care delivered in a home setting, and care delivered under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)
• National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program Quality Framework Standards for care delivered under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (NATSIFACP)
• Transition Care Standards for flexible care providers delivering transition care.
The draft Aged Care Quality Standards consists of eight standards. These standards are:
• Standard 1 – Consumer dignity and choice
• Standard 2 – Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers
• Standard 3 – Personal care and clinical care
• Standard 4 – Services and supports for daily living
• Standard 5 – Organisation’s service environment
• Standard 6 – Feedback and complaints
• Standard 7 – Human resources
• Standard 8 – Organisational governance.
Each of the eight draft standards includes:
• a statement of outcome for the consumer
• a statement of expectation for the organisation
• organisational requirements to demonstrate that the standard has been met.