What is quality in aged care?
Aged care services aim to improve the quality of life of the people receiving care.
To help make sure this happens, providers of government-funded aged care must meet standards in areas such as:
- physical and mental health
- personal care
- management and staffing
- lifestyle of residents (for aged care homes)
- physical environment and safety
Currently, there are four sets of standards that apply to aged care services. From 1 July 2019, a single set of Aged Care Quality Standards will apply across all service types.
You have a right to be treated with dignity and respect. Read the Charter of Care Recipients’ Rights and Responsibilities to find out more.
How is quality assessed?
The quality of government-funded aged care is assessed against quality standards by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.
The Commission checks compliance with standards through assessment and monitoring processes such as:
- visits to the aged care service (aged care homes have at least one unannounced visit each year)
- self-assessment by providers
- feedback from care recipients
- reviewing providers’ plans for continuous improvement
- reporting on the service’s performance against the standards and publishing consumer experience reports.
More information on the assessment and monitoring processes is available on the Commission’s website.
What are quality indicators?
The National Aged Care Quality Indicator Program is for government-funded residential care.
Aged care homes can volunteer to report on pressure injuries, the use of physical restraint and unplanned weight loss.
From 1 July 2019, all government-funded aged care homes must collect and provide quality indicator data to the Department of Health.
If care does not meet standards
If an aged care provider does not meet quality standards:
- the provider must revise their plan for continuous improvement
- the Commission will monitor the provider
- the Department of Health may give them a notice of non-compliance
If the provider does not respond to our notice of non-compliance, or if there is a serious risk to someone receiving care, the department may sanction them.
How can you check the quality of care?
There are tools available to help you check the quality of government-funded aged care providers. You can:
- find accreditation and consumer experience reports for government-funded aged care homes
- use the aged care home finder or the home care package finder to see if a provider is non-compliant
- use the non-compliance finder to find out if a provider is non-compliant (now or in the past)
- ask providers about the quality of their care
If you’re unhappy with the quality of care
Do you have concerns about the quality of care for you or your loved one?
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to the provider (or you have tried and it didn’t work), you can: