The challenges of new regulations on top of the COVID-19 pandemic has left aged care managers struggling with added stress and paperwork.
Managers and operators of more than 250 aged care service providers participated in a new report put together by aged care governance specialists CompliSpace.
It found the vast majority of aged care managers (93 per cent) found that their workload had increased under the new Aged Care Quality Standards, which came into effect last year.
A similar number (92 per cent) reported that they were dealing with more paperwork that was reducing the amount of direct care time with residents, while more than three quarters (78 per cent) said they were experiencing increased stress levels.
CompliSpace chief executive David Griffiths said there has been no comprehensive review into the impact of the new Aged Care Quality Standards on aged care homes since they commenced on 1 July 2019.
“Our aged care sector is under intense scrutiny amidst the Aged Care Royal Commission, 20 reviews over the last 20 years, and the handling of COVID-19,” Griffiths said.
“It is also under intense stress as aged care staff endure more work in trying to meet the regulatory requirements, without further support or funding from the government.
“What our study found was the administrative burden of the new regulations may be adding strain to the sector, putting staff retention at risk and pointing to reduced capacity to care for residents.
“The eight new Aged Care Quality Standards replaced four previous benchmarks. While they were necessary, we believe the unintended impacts have not been fully assessed.”
COVID-19 was adding to the strain, with 82 per cent of aged care homes needing to change their policies and procedures because of the virus, 85 per cent changing their systems and processes for managing staff training, and more than half (59 per cent) chancing their systems and processes for collecting and reporting on data.Do you have an idea for a story?
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