Ashleigh House joy

ASHLEIGH House was last week advised its accreditation was now confirmed by the Aged Care Accreditation Agency and it had achieved a perfect score of 44 out of 44.

Board chair and acting general manager Brenda Burditt explained the accreditation visit took place on April 17 and 18 but because of the large amount of re-accreditation that takes place between April and May; Ashleigh House did not receive its final report until June 1.

“This perfect score means we will not face full re-accreditation again until 2015,” Ms Burditt said.

“This is wonderful news as we have forged our way back from a six month sanction imposed on us in November, 2010.

“Although we did succeed in having the sanction lifted in three months, our previous general manager, Craig Stuchbery, left our employ in August last year,” she said.

Since August Ms Burditt has been acting as interim general manager while the aged care facility tries to attract a new person for the role.

“Our current care manager, Lorraine Jorgensen, commenced work with us in November, 2010 in the midst of the imposed sanction.

“We always welcome the visits from the accreditation agency as this is our insurance that we are taking the very best care of our residents and that all 44 outcomes in the four standards were met.

Ms Burditt said she and the Ashleigh House board of management thanked all the facility’s staff for their work and dedication, which had resulted in “this wonderful milestone”.

“Just prior to our accreditation, we commenced a fund raiser to raise funds for the replacement of our worn carpets in the entire hallways of Ashleigh House.

“We used our depleted reserves to complete this work prior to accreditation as this had been mentioned to us by the accreditors many times as needing to be done,” she said.

“The public of Sale and district has been very generous in their support for this fundraiser.

“We have also been afforded two greyhound race meetings by the Sale Greyhound Racing Club; we will receive 50 per cent of the profit from Dancing With Our Stars and 50 per cent of the proceeds from this year’s Rotary auction to be held in September,” she said.

“As always we extend our grateful thanks to all our supporters.”