In general terms, clinical staff will speak regularly with family members and carers about developing care needs.
Significant issues will be raised by the relevant Registered Nurse or the Executive Care Manager.
If the care needs are progressing to a point where they cannot be safely met in the present facility, a formal assessment will be undertaken by the relevant health professional.
This will be followed by a family conference to discuss the assessment and alternative care options.
The outcomes of the family conference will then be documented in a letter to the resident’s representative.
In these circumstances, it is important to note that the resident’s safety is the critical factor in determining whether their care needs can still be met in the local facility.
Should a move become necessary, we will assist in locating appropriate alternative places of care.
Generally, this will occur over a period of time and there will be opportunity for discussion and preparation for any change.
Sometimes, this process can occur quickly. For example, if a resident is transferred to hospital and is reassessed in hospital with a care need outside the facility’s profile.
Should this eventuate, ABH will assist, if necessary, with finding alternative accommodation. This may be within ABH or with another aged-care provider.