The transition of new aged care facilities has begun and is all set to commence from 1st of July 2019. This new set of standards will likely replace the existing

> Home Care standards
> Accreditation Standards
> Transition standards
> And National aboriginal flexible aged care program quality framework standards.

The Aim:

The new standards focus on all quality outcomes for the consumers, thus making it easier for their family members, representatives, and their careers.

The consumers will know exactly what to expect from a particular service. Plus, it will also make regulations simpler for service providers across vivid aged care facilities. It will also encourage excellence, innovation and continual improvement.

Aged Care Facilities

It Will Apply To All Aged Care Facilities Namely:

> Home care
> Flexible care and service by the Commonwealth Home Support Standards
> And Residential care

What Is Encouraged In This Transition Period?

With the latest aged care quality standards being effective from 1st July 2019, all service providers are motivated to use this intermediate period to:

> Identify and address improvement areas adhering to the new standards

> Supporting staff to comprehend the necessities of the latest standards

> Aligning systems, practices and policies as per the latest standards

> Providing adequate support care to families, carers and representatives, and trying to grasp what these new changes mean to them.

Details of these new aged care quality standards will be distributed by the quality agency through visits to aged care services, sites and with the use of monthly newsletters.

Furthermore, the quality agency will also present educational programs, web learning resources, along with a series of state-related occurrences.

Role of Facility Support to Bridge The Link Between Doctors And Racfs:

Perhaps one of the main difficulties of working with nursing homes/aged care facilities is getting GPs or doctors to meet the obligations under the new standards.

Majority of the health care professionals have issues in comprehending the complexities of ACFI (Aged Care Facility Instrument), and how it hampers the services rendered to each patient.

To give residential aged care facilities and doctors the necessary support, quality health care service consultants/facility support agencies, play a key role in making life a bit easier.

With their refined systems and in-depth knowledge about medical centres, GPs, Medicare, aged facilities and ACFI, they help in:

> Improved communication of medical records and referrals

> Involvement in medical assessments, case conferencing, care planning as well as advanced health directives.

> Providing provisions of documentation and management of increased risks of common conditions.

What Else?

> Reputed facility agencies create Certified Management Accountants (CMAs) and other evaluations to help doctors manage their workload at different facilities. Each assessment supports ACFI reporting necessities.

> Receiving a better understanding of the doctor’s care, thus resulting in better outcomes for all residents.

> Prevent wastage of time in following up doctors for directives and documentation.

Final Words:

These facility support agencies are acting as the mediator to drive quality care and provide registered GPs and nurse support to different RACFs.

They are also making huge strides to break the barriers for doctors working for aged care facilities, allowing them to enjoy total flexibility arrangements with sufficing income and their desired lifestyle.

Come 2019; the expectations are high with the latest standards. The RACFs are hoping that the retired medicos will come back and care for elderly people more proficiently than ever before.

Author's Bio: 

The author, by profession is a GP and is associated with a reputed facility support agency benefiting residential aged care facilities. With that, the author also has a fair idea about the new aged care quality standards waiting to go effective in 2019.