With the recent addition of star ratings for residential aged care (RAC) providers on the my aged care provider finder, we are seeing that currently 91% of Australian nursing homes score 3-stars or more, meaning they are ranked as having an acceptable overall standard, with the other 9% of nursing homes scoring below the 3-star overall rating over four criteria, ranked as being below standard overall classed as ‘improvement needed’ for 2-stars or ‘significant improvement needed’ for 1-star.
It’s good that we’re seeing just a small percentage of nursing homes with below standard overall scores. However, we’re seeing a whopping 65% of nursing homes totalling to 1,600 that rank below standard rating with improvement needed or significant improvement needed for the staffing criterion. This finding is unsettling, as seniors have the right to high quality care.
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