Laidley aged care facility sanctioned

AN AGED care home at Laidley has been sanctioned by authorities after a state-wide review of facilities associated with an under fire retirement centre in Bundaberg.

Karinya Village Care Centre was issued with a sanction by the Department of Social Services after a review by the Aged Care Quality Agency.

The Laidley centre provides care for 59 residents.

It is operated by the Baptist Union of Queensland-run organisation Carinity which also operates Kepnock Grove Retirement Centre in Bundaberg.

Kepnock Grove is facing allegations of underfeeding, poor management of health complaints and patients assaulting other patients.

The Aged Care Quality Agency review of Karinya found a "serious and immediate risk".

Karinya's sanction requires the operator of the facility to appoint a government-approved adviser within five days.

That adviser will be in place for six months.

Staff at Karinya will have to be trained on blood glucose management, dietary requirements, behaviour management and post-falls management clinical assessment within three months.

The sanctions will remain in place for six months during which time Karinya will receive no new funding for new residents.

In a statement issued by Carinity, it "strenuously rejected" the Aged Care Quality Agency report.

"We will be pursuing every avenue of appeal to overturn this decision," the statement read.

"I want to assure our residents and their families there is absolutely no serious risk to their wellbeing."


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