Consumer Experience Reports in residential aged care services
Consumers' experience of the quality of care and services
When a team of assessors from the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission visit a residential aged care service to perform re-accreditation as part of an audit, they interview at least 10% of those living in the home.
A core set of consumer interview questions are used to collect data on the experiences of the quality of care and services from those living in the home. The findings are reported in a Consumer Experience Report (CER) alongside the audit report for the home. View Reports.
What are consumers saying about aged care?
From 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, we have conducted over 15,000 interviews in over 1,100 residential aged care services.
Over time, this data will provide valuable insights into understanding what quality outcomes mean for consumers and their representatives.
View 12 month report (PDF, 967 KB) from the former Quality Agency.
How can I participate in CERs on residential aged care services?
Residential aged care service providers notify those living in the home (and their representatives), so that they have an opportunity to speak with the assessment team while they are on site at the home during an audit. During the audit the Commission will also ask core interview questions of a random sample of residents. The findings will be published in the CER.
How can I use CERs on residential aged care services?
The published reports provide consumer information on the quality of care and services in the home from the people who live there. Along with the published re-accreditation Audit Report it can assist consumers to make decisions about their choice of services. More information on aged care services can be found at www.myagedcare.gov.au.
What is the basis for CERs on residential aged care services?
The reports cover aspects of the quality of care and services that are important to consumers and aligned with the expected outcomes of the Residential Aged Care Accreditation Standards. The questions are based on consultation undertaken by the Commission. This includes workshop consultations with consumers and input from a working group who informed the content and design of the report. Research, development and statistical testing of the interview questions was conducted by the Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing, La Trobe University.
Find out more about the Sydney University research: Drivers of Choice and Quality Domains in Aged Care conducted in relation to residential aged care services.
Find out more about the La Trobe University Pilot Study: Development of core interview questions for use in Consumer experience reports (residential aged care services).
Related CER links