Aged care providers Carinity say the government audit has vindicated its running of Laidley's Karinya home.
Aged care providers Carinity say the government audit has vindicated its running of Laidley's Karinya home. Derek Barry

Carinity vindicated by Karinya Laidley audit findings

CARINITY Baptist Community Services say the government audit results have vindicated their high quality of care at their Karinya aged care home in Laidley.

In a statement Carinity said all nine of their aged care communities including Karinya remained fully accredited following an "unprecedented audit blitz" by the Federal Government.

Carinity said they had already developed a continuous improvement plan for Karinya aged care community.

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"We are well advanced in working with the Federal authorities to address their concerns around nine of the aged care quality outcomes," a Carinity spokesperson said.

Carinity said no other aged care provider in Australian history had been subjected to almost simultaneous audits at every one of its sites and despite unprecedented level of scrutiny, all Carinity's facilities remained accredited.

"This should give the public confidence in the quality of our services," the spokesperson said.

"We take seriously our responsibility to our residents, and we will dedicate ourselves to addressing the issues identified by the auditors.  We are pleased all our aged care communities remain accredited and that our personnel can now get on with their important work of providing high quality care for our residents."

Earlier this month Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield ordered a review of all of Carinity's services, including Karinya at Laidley, following allegations of abuse and neglect published in The Australian against one of their facilities in Bundaberg.  

As a result of the Karinya review, Carinity was ordered to appoint a government-approved adviser at the facility for six months and conduct staff training on blood glucose management, dietary requirements, behaviour management and post-falls management clinical assessment within three months.

Carinity was also banned from accepting new residents at Karinya for six months.

Carinity has vowed to overturn the government sanctions accusing regulators of acting improperly and relying on false information reported in the media.

Carinity chief executive Jon Campbell said Carinity would pursue every avenue of appeal.

"There is no aged-care provider anywhere in the country who would be able to withstand the kind of blitz Carinity has been subjected to by the (Australian Aged Care Quality) Agency," Campbell said.

"The decision by the Department of Social Services … is based on factually incorrect information in an Agency report and is the culmination of a flawed process driven by a media agenda."


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