The Aged Care Quality Standards “focus on outcomes for consumers and reflect the level of care and services the community can expect from organisations that provide Commonwealth subsidised aged care services”.
To supplement the Aged Care Quality Standards, a number of aged care peak bodies have released detailed guidelines, standards or tools, to help providers better appreciate the needs of specific cohorts of consumers. These resources can help providers to improve their current services, and develop best practices for the delivery of the most appropriate care to those cohorts.
Recent examples of these supplementary resources include:
- ACSA’s Wellness and Reablement Roadmap ;
- Dementia Australia’s Quality Care Recommendations ;
- Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing’s Inclusive Service Standards ; and
- Meaningful Ageing Australia’s National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care .
We have worked with each of the above groups to develop self-assessments that reflect the guidance and targeted outcomes of their resources. Our new best practice self-assessments are now available in a “Towards Best Practice” module in the ACSA Quality Portal.
Following the new best practice self-assessments can be a very effective way for providers to benchmark their current practices against the best practice guidelines, encourage discussion within teams and work groups, and then implement and track improvement steps over time.
Each self-assessment contains a number of helpful resource templates and hyperlinks to additional information, to help organisations improve their systems in areas where they may be lacking. As for all other self-assessments in the ACSA Quality Portal, quality improvement plans and self-assessment reports can be automatically generated.
You can take a look at the new aged care best practice self-assessments by logging in to the ACSA Quality Portal, or just click the button below to create a new account.
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You can see our Towards Best Practice modules and much more in the ACSA Quality Portal.