Wingham Court Nursing Home – “About 50% of the staff here have years of experience,” said general manager Sally Renshaw, pictured with Nola Pereira (30 years of service), Diane Sharwood (25 years), Faye Moore (30 years), and Judy Murray (25 years). . ), Ian Reynolds (35), Director of Care Services for Leonie Bourke.
Long-serving staff at Whiddon Wingham were recognized on February 7 for their contribution to aged care in Wingham.
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Collectively, the 38 employees have served the residents of Weedon Wingham for an incredible 515 years, enriching the lives of many in the community.
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“We are pleased to recognize and honor such deserving employees.” Every day they strive to enrich the lives of those we care for, and I congratulate them on achieving these milestones,” said Ms. Burke.
“We are one big family here and they bring passion, dedication and love to our home.” Over the years they have made a difference in the lives of many in our community.
“I’m very proud of them. We have drivers from Harrington and Old Barr. They’re not just local staff. I have a lot of staff who travel quite a distance to come here,” he said.
Long-serving staff: Middle row: Maureen Relf, Diane Sharwood, Carol Ryder, Linda Tisdell, Judy Murray, Karen Dodds, Julie Rundle, Judy Poole, Sally Renshaw, CEO of Home Care. Back Row: Tere Bhupinderpalkuar, Trish Coleman, Denise Ryan, Faye Moore, Vicky Wills, Ben Wills.
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Whiddon’s general manager of housing, Sally Renshaw, said the Winghamys were a great team and praised Leonie Bourke for leading the team.
“Leoni has been with us since 2014 and has made an incredible difference. Her leadership has been impressive and I think has gone a long way to where we are today at Wingham.
“He’s very family friendly; it’s very responsive to their individual needs — you want the manager to keep the staff happy and engaged,” said Ms. Renshaw. Staffing shortages forced Lake Macquarie’s nonprofit nursing home to close after all the residents moved out.
Southern Cross Care NSW and ACT have announced the closure of the Swansea Tennyson Home and the Kurrawarna facility in Bombala due to staff shortages, which mean the homes cannot continue to operate to the standard required by the provider.
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“Our facilities are people’s homes and we have well-resourced, permanent staff who are vital to developing relationships and helping people age with dignity,” said Helen Emerson, CEO of South Cross Care NSW & ACT.
“As a registered nurse, I know that asking existing staff to regularly work double shifts, without breaks, is unsustainable. Also don’t rely on random personnel driving by.
“Decisions made by me and the board must be in the best interest of our residents.” Sometimes these decisions are very difficult and that was the case here. But we cannot continue to allocate our limited resources to facilities deemed unsustainable. “
Residents and families were notified of the decision. Ms Emerson said that work had begun to provide new housing for all those affected and that the houses would not be closed until they returned home.
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“We arrange one-on-one meetings with each resident and their family to ensure everyone has a dedicated point of contact to help them find suitable housing. This is our priority,” he said.
Ms Emerson said Swansea was built in 1997 and operated in a low-income hostel. But the needs of residents are becoming more and more complex, and because the facility is not built to meet those needs, it will require a “significant capital investment” to bring the home up to standard, he said.
Swansea’s workforce will be consolidated at South Cross View Caves Beach, which will also be able to meet the increasingly complex needs of residents.
Omicron The nursing home undersupply problem has reached crisis point during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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As Hunter reported last month, aging staff were reduced to tears trying to cope with the “snowball” of COVID-19 infections, which forced 30 percent of the workforce into isolation.
“South Cross Care operates 30 care homes across NSW and the ACT. We are experienced in working under difficult conditions. But the aging area faces serious structural and workforce challenges, with many regional homes operating at a loss,” Ms Emerson said.
“Being a responsible geriatric provider in this challenging environment means making tough decisions to maintain a consistent standard of quality care for our residents.”
“The elderly are in crisis, but Richard Colbeck, the minister responsible, has gone to cricket for days before finally announcing that the industry is doing ‘very well’,” he said.
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“It’s almost two weeks since they said they were sending up to 1,700 ADF personnel to deal with this crisis, but this morning we heard the Senate estimate that only 12 will be sent to NSW.
“This crisis is building before COVID – in a decade Scott Morrison has done nothing to improve seniors’ pay and nothing to raise staffing levels.”
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Inspectors found the Bupa-run Wingham Court Care Centre, in Olean Lane, Claygate, breaching a number of regulations following an unannounced inspection in November, with a number of warning notices.
Adrian Hughes, deputy inspector of aged social care at the Care Quality Commission in the South, said: “In our recent inspection we have identified serious issues in a number of areas and we expect the service provider Bupa Care Homes (AKW) Limited to take immediate action to address the issues we have identified. We continue to ask the provider to take action We will, if not, take further action.”
The Wingham Court report found that there were not always enough staff on duty to meet residents’ personal care needs in a timely manner, and people were left alone for long periods of time without interacting with staff. felt they were treated with dignity and respect by employees.
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A lack of staff meant that calls were not always answered within five minutes, and the report said: “Relatives told us that their family member had been in an uncomfortable position for a long time and had to ring the bell several times. This was very frustrating for them and their family.”
Residents were not always given their medications on time, and on one occasion the nurse agent took so long to administer medications that residents woke up at 12:30 pm when they were supposed to be at 8 pm.
People also did not feel that staff understood their special care or health needs, although residents were able to refer to other health professionals when needed.
Some areas of the home were criticized as dirty, cross-infested or in poor repair, with blood stains on one bathroom mirror, bathroom faucets and dirty toilets and blood stains around toilet brushes.
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Investigators were told that relatives complained about the state of repair and the dirtiness of family members, who now keep buckets and buckets in the room and clean themselves.
They said, “If I don’t do this, my [family member] will be left to live in filthy and horrible conditions, and that worries me, and that’s not right.”
Mr Hughes said: “In our inspections of Wingham Court Care, residents are consistently not receiving the service they expect: safe, effective, caring, responsive to their needs and well-led.
“It’s not just a lack of staff to support people living at home. It’s important that people who rely on others for care get their medication on time, that staff understand their specific needs and that their living space is clean and well looked after.”
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Food and drink on the premises were described as “adequate”, with one complaint on the day of the inspection that the pastry was “a bit greasy”.
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