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Leighton's high quality care for West Perth residents recognised.



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Media Release The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

29 April 2004 JB058/04

Leighton’s high quality care for West Perth residents recognised

An aged care home in West Perth has been recognised for the high quality of its aged care services at a special presentation ceremony today.

Minister for Ageing and Federal Member for Curtin Julie Bishop today presented Leighton Nursing Home with a three-year accreditation certificate from the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.

“The Agency has awarded Leighton Nursing Home the maximum three years of accreditation in recognition of the excellent level of care and accommodation provided to residents,” Ms Bishop said.

“Leighton Nursing Home has met the stringent standards set by the Australian Government’s accreditation system, which was designed to ensure older Australians receive the best possible care and services.”

The Australian Government introduced accreditation as part of its major reforms of the aged care sector in 1997, in recognition of the urgent need to improve standards of care in homes.

In 13 years the previous Labor Government had neglected aged care, left office with a 10,000 aged care place shortage, failed to introduce national legislated care standards and refused to act when an independent report found nursing homes delivering poor quality care.

In contrast, the Howard Government introduced the accreditation system, the first national legislated standards of care in Australia, and provides taxpayer subsidies only to those homes which meet the standards set down in the Aged Care Act. During the accreditation period support visits and spot checks may be made by the Agency and the Department of

Health and Ageing to ensure high standards continue to be met.

Ms Bishop said Leighton Nursing Home had provided quality aged care services for almost 30 years.

“Achieving the maximum level of accreditation is a credit to the providers, management and, most importantly, the staff who provide the care, love and respect, to our older Australians here in West Perth,” Ms Bishop said.

Media contact: Rachael Thompson 0417 265 289

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Published on Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing web site 29 April 2004 Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing URL: http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2004/jb/bis058.htm