Credit where it is due
By EMMA CORNFORD
EVERY three years, aged care facilities around the Valley undergo an their accreditation assessment.
Dougherty Villa chairman Bill Dougherty said in light of abuse claims in a Victorian nursing home, the accreditation process was a way to keep aged care facilities accountable.
"Any incident of abuse in an aged care facility is one too many," he said.
"It is very important to remember that cases of abuse are the exception, not the rule."
"Whilst our fervent prayer is that we never have to deal with an abusive incident such as the alleged in Victoria, we will take it as a 'wake up' call to continually strive for improvement in our care."
Dougherty Villa has done that and this month was presented with its three year accreditation certificate ? something of which the staff and board are extremely proud.
"There were two examiners here over two days and they were very thorough," said Villa manager Frances Wratten.
"They have recently lifted the level of requirement so there is a lot more accountability than there used to be," she said.
"It's something we've all got to do ... and something that I think does need to be done."