CEO Robert Orie announced recently that each of the Montefiore’s Residential Care campuses passed accreditation by the Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission (ACQSC) for the maximum three-year term, successfully meeting all criteria following unannounced visits by ACQSC Assessors. In a separate assessment, all Montefiore catering operations recently received the highest A rating by the NSW Food Authority.
“This is an outstanding result compared with a number of large aged care providers that failed to meet the accreditation standards. Particularly in what has been a challenging year for the sector, given the Royal Commission and its findings thus far,” said Mr Orie.
Mr Orie and Montefiore President David Freeman AM have expressed concern at the findings of the Commission’s recent interim report, which as expected painted a confronting picture of neglect and poor care in the broader aged care sector. The Commissioners were particularly concerned about inadequate numbers and training of care staff.
Montefiore continues to operate with industry-leading staffing levels and invest heavily in education and training, as well as being among few providers to employ more than 100 allied health professionals to ensures residential and home care consumers receive personalised care and support. The organisation remains committed to this staffing model, despite a challenging environment where Government funding has not kept pace with the rising cost of providing care.
“Given the pressure that all who work in the sector are feeling as the Royal Commission continues, it is important to publicly acknowledge the compassion and commitment our staff show every day when caring for our residents and clients. This shows in the results achieved,” said Mr Freeman.
“The Board of Management stands by the fact we have resisted previous attempts to bring Montefiore’s operations in line with commercial aged care operations. As one of Sydney’s oldest Jewish not-for-profit organisations, we are proud to remain committed to reinvesting proceeds into better care and services for the older members of our community, who deserve nothing less,” concluded Mr Freeman.