Update 5th March 2021
Dear Residents, Family and Friends,
Our preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine is well underway. Members of the management team have attended conference calls and webinars hosted by our local Public Health Unit alongside industry bodies as we all seek to learn from one another on how the vaccinations are being rolled out. Feedback is good and whilst we have not been advised of a date that vaccinators will be onsite, if you have not already completed a consent form please do so and return to the facility at your earliest convenience. Please speak with your GP or an independent health professional if you need help understanding the vaccine program.
Also this week The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety delivered its Final Report. “The Report noted that the residential aged care industry had been affected by problems beyond the control of care providers, such as community assumptions about ageing, insufficient government funding and an ineffective regulator.
According to ABC News, the federal government will spend almost half a billion dollars on immediate measures to overhaul the aged care sector following the release of a the royal commission report.” Mark Bryan Aged Care Essentials
In addition The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission announced the introduction of more requirements around Resident incident management. The Serious Incident Reporting Scheme (SIRS) starts 1 April 2021 and builds on existing Resident incident reporting obligations.
The purpose of the new scheme is to ensure providers have a robust incident management system and that all incidents involving Residents are correctly managed focusing on safety and well-being. By recording more data the intent is to drive quality improvement, strengthen processes and procedures that over time will help PREVENT incidents.
Our systems and processes are strong and we are open and transparent with Residents and their loved ones in the delivery of our care. Columbia has a Resident Incident Management system that has been in place for over 20 years and is in line with the federal governments requirements for mandatory reporting. A review of our current policies and processes is underway in preparation for the additional requirements on 1 April.
With 0 community transmissions for the 47th day in a row just a reminder that we must not become complacent and continue COVIDSafe practises such hand hygiene, physical distancing and correct cough etiquette.