The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has recommenced unannounced inspections and visits to aged care services post COVID-lockdown restrictions.
In a statement, the Commission said it had undertaken risk-based site visits throughout the pandemic, giving a short period of notice (less than 48 hours) prior to visiting any site to minimise the risk of infection.
“We have also undertaken a range of off-site monitoring activities on the basis of the Commission’s assessment of risk,” the Commission said.
It said that in line with COVIDSafe Australia guidance, visits with no prior notice had recommended, with safeguards in place for Commission staff as well as aged care facility residents and staff.
“All Commission staff entering an aged care service will provide evidence of having received a 2020 influenza vaccination,” the Commission said.
“We will continue to undertake pre-screening of our staff before entering an aged care service as well as take steps to ensure our practices on site are compliant with infection control requirements.”
It said further advice in relation to reaccreditation site audits at residential services would be provided shortly.