|Monday, 09 March 2009 ||
A MELBOURNE nursing home was facing allegations of neglect after residents were found malnourished and suffering from bedsores.
Police will be called to the Werribee Terrace Aged Care facility after a snap inspection by federal authorities raised serious safety concerns.
Checks revealed "extremely poor wound management", with more than a dozen residents in pain suffering severe bedsores.
Authorities were concerned about residents' intake of food and drink, and whether prescribed painkillers were given.
The 70-bed home was also cited over infection control, with nursing staff "unaware of how to protect residents and themselves".
The Federal Government has imposed tough sanctions on the home.
"We make no apologies for placing a nursing home under sanction," said Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot.
"This is about the protection and the welfare of frail and aged Australians, and we will act when it is necessary."
Werribee Terrace Aged Care received $3.52 million in federal government funding in 2007-08.
The home has been forced to appoint an experienced nursing adviser for at least six months, and provide proper training to staff.
It will be closely monitored by authorities, and will be unable to accept new residents for six months.
Ms Elliot said police and the Nurses Board of Victoria would also be notified.
The home's operating company, Calvert Manor Pty Ltd, was yet to comment last night.
Industry body Aged and Community Care Victoria said the situation was regrettable.
"This is an unfortunate, but isolated, incident," ACCV chief executive Gerard Mansour said. "Werribee Terrace is setting in place a detailed action plan and working closely with the authorities to ensure the safety of residents."
Victoria has five nursing homes under sanction - the most of any state.
They include the Grandview Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong, which was sanctioned last week after findings of neglect.
An information session will be organised for the families of Werribee Terrace residents.
Source: Herald Sun - Ben Packham