Adelaide aged care residents ‘drugged and restrained’

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Staff at an Adelaide nursing home will be retrained after it was discovered they were drugging and physically restraining elderly residents.
North Eastern Community Nursing Home lost federal subsidies for six months after an audit revealed staff were not using appropriate behavioural management strategies, administering proper wound care or meeting standards of cleanliness, Adelaide Now reports.
The Australian Aged Car Quality Agency found the Campbelltown nursing home did not meet six of the 44 expected outcomes during an audit between June 12 and 25, putting residents’ wellbeing, health and safety at an “immediate and severe” risk.
According to the report, incidents involving bed rail and pelvic restraints likely caused harm to residents.
“Management was unable to demonstrate the needs of care recipients with challenging behaviours are managed effectively,’’ the report reads.
“Clinical staff are using chemical and physical restraint interventions instead of consistently trialling alternative behavioural management strategies.”
NECHN chief executive officer said the Board of the Hospital are meeting shortly to discuss the findings.
The Department of Health imposed sanctions – including the requirement of appointing an adviser to ensure standards are met – on June 24.
The home will continue to be monitored in unannounced visits.
This comes months after the horrific level of elder abuse and neglect at Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility in Adelaide was described as “a shameful chapter in South Australia’s history”.
Elderly, frail patients were left “with faeces in their hair” and “deliberately allowed to fall” by staff who referred to them as “a group of mindless children”, a damning report by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption found.
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