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COVID-19 is a new infection that can be more serious for some older people. The Commission has developed a range of resources to help consumers understand their options on staying safe, keeping in touch with loved ones and keeping fit and active.

There are also resources that help explain what to expect in the even of a COVID-19 outbreak in an aged care setting. 

Covid-19 Consumer resources

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Fact sheets

You, your friends and family have a right to know how your residential aged care service is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have developed some common questions that you can ask your service provider during this time.

Common questions for residential aged care services fact sheet

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Fact sheets

The Department of Health, in partnership with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (the Commission), is introducing a service compliance rating system for residential aged care services.

About the Service Compliance Rating

The rating system was developed in consultation with stakeholders, including senior Australians, their caregivers, aged care providers, and a range of peak bodies.

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Fact sheets

The Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19 (the Code) sets out the aged care industry’s expectations of conduct for aged care providers on how to support residents being able to have visitors while also keeping them safe and protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industry code fact sheet

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To support the aged care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission is developing a range of new storyboards that are designed to illustrate key behaviours and priority issues.

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Fact sheets

This fact sheet provides information on a Direction, which can be issued by the Commission to a provider.

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Fact sheets

The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus is a pandemic.
 
The Department of Health has prepared factsheets, including for aged care staff, residents and families to assist in control of the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID19). It is strongly recommended that you read these factsheets and revisit them every day or two because they will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Guides & Handbooks

What are psychotropic medications? 

Psychotropic medications are ‘any drug capable of affecting the mind, emotions and behaviour'

The three main classes of psychotropics prescribed are antidepressants, anxiolytic/hypnotics (mostly benzodiazepines to manage anxiety and insomnia) and antipsychotics. Other psychotropic classes include anticonvulsants and stimulants. 

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As part of its responsibilities for protecting and enhancing the safety, health, well-being and quality of life of aged care consumers, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has identified and developed a range of best practice strategies and tools for providers of aged care to engage with consumers and their representatives.

To inform this piece of work, we have undertaken a literature review of co-design and consumer engagement.

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Guides & Handbooks

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has identified and developed a range of best practice strategies and tools for providers of aged care to engage with consumers and their representatives.

This resource recognises that placing consumers at the centre of their care is fundamental to quality care outcomes. This means significantly deepening engagement and developing a mutual partnership with consumers in all aspects of the planning, delivery and evaluation of care and services.

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Fact sheets

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission handles a range of complaints every day. Some of these complaint issues can be handled solely by us, while others may need to be referred to another organisation. We work closely with a number of organisations to ensure that your concerns are handled correctly, by the people best placed to deal with them. 

There are five organisations we refer complaint information to when required: 

Referrals to other organisations fact sheet

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A short video for aged care consumers, their families and representatives, explaining what the Aged Care Quality Standards mean in practice.

The video has been translated in 25 languages including Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Please note: these videos are not available for download or hard copy order.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources
Fact sheets

The ‘A little yarn goes a long way’ fact sheet has been developed to inform older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and their friends and family, about the support available to help them resolve concerns about aged care services, and why it’s important to raise these concerns.

This resource is available in 7 different languages including: Alyawarra, Arrernte, English, Luritja, Pitjantjatjarra, Torres Strait Creole and Warlpiri. 

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Open disclosure is the open discussion that an aged care provider has with people receiving aged care services when something goes wrong that has harmed or had the potential to cause harm to a person receiving aged care service. With more than 1.3 million people receiving care in Australia, this is a crucial activity for providers to support continuous improvement within their service.

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

Download the Commission's Aged Care Quality Standards imagery, including the Standards wheel and individual Standards icons. Includes terms of use.

High res New Quality Standards wheel

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

A short video for aged care consumers, their families and representatives explaining the new Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards) that began on 1 July 2019. Watch the video to see what the new Quality Standards mean in practice for you.

Note: This resource is not available for hard copy order.

Cover image What Consumers should know about the new Aged Care Quality Standards video

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Fact sheets

This fact sheet outlines how the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission supports providers to resolve complaints.

Provider resolution involves us referring complaint issues that a complainant raises with us to a provider to resolve. Where possible, we choose this approach as it is often the best way to have concerns effectively resolved.

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Fact sheets

We can assist with your concerns about the quality of care or services you or someone else is receiving from Australian Government funded aged care providers.

This resource is available in 25 different languages including: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

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This fact sheet outlines your options to ask for a review of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s decision in relation to your complaint, or to complain about our service.

Cover image Right To Seek Review Fact Sheet

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Fact sheets

If you are concerned about the quality of the aged care service you or the person you represent is receiving, an advocacy service may be able to help.

Cover image_How Aged Care Advocacy Can Help You Fact Sheet