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The owner of a South Australian nursing home was a local doctor. The home had major problems in 2004 and 2005

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Bresant Pty Ltd
St Catherine's Nursing Home  (now Brighton Aged Care)
Hyde Park nursing home


(see Update 2007 below)

Bresant in South Australia was another operator of a single nursing home and the owner, a distinguished medical member of an ethnic community claimed he had been in aged care for many years without incident. In fact this home had performed very badly in 2004 when it failed 20 criteria. It failed 14 in January 2005. It seems that under supervision this was brought down to 5 but a formal audit was not performed. In July 2005 a full audit found it to be fully compliant.

After the Jan 2005 audit funding for new residents was withdrawn for 6 months and the home was required to appoint a nurse supervisor. That a number of staff walked out on the day the auditors arrived speaks for the situation.

Jan 2005 Slow to correct failures

In October 2004 after a review audit, the Agency found non-compliance in 20 expected outcomes, including serious risk, which was resolved in November 2004. On 11 January 2005, after a further review audit, the Agency decided that the home was non-compliant in 14 expected outcomes, again including serious risk. Action taken to resolve the serious risk and non-compliance was slow. The Agency undertook daily visits until the serious risk was resolved.
Accreditation Audit 11 January 2005

Feb 2005 Audit findings and sanctioned

A NURSING home owned by an Adelaide doctor put patients at "serious risk" and repeatedly failed quality inspections, an audit has found.

The owner of St Catherine's Nursing Home, at South Brighton, Dr Jagdish Saraf, is appealing against a decision to revoke accreditation from April 1.

Without it, the 71-bed facility would receive no federal funding to operate.

The decision to act against the home was based on an inspection carried out by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency in September.

Four staff, including the director of nursing, resigned on the morning auditors arrived to inspect the home.

The auditors discovered incidents including:

  • NURSES using residents' medications for other residents.
  • SOME residents left in bed until lunch time.
  • THE MORNING shower given at 3pm.
  • A RESIDENT left on the toilet for 40 minutes.
  • WATER jugs placed out of reach.
  • STAFF "openly admitted" residents were not receiving all the care they needed.

Speaking for Dr Saraf, she said he had been in the aged care industry for many years without incident.
Mrs Baron would not blame any staff for the drop in standards, but said some of the new staff had more experience than those who quit.

She also said an expansion from 29 to 71 beds last year had been "disruptive" and caused some "procedures and practices to fall behind".
Agency chief executive officer Mark Brandon said St Catherine's did not comply with 14 of the 44 accreditation standards and had been slow to act.

A short-notice inspection in the first week of January found "serious risk in relation to clinical care" was still present.
NURSING ADVISER BROUGHT IN OVER THREAT TO ACCREDITATION Home failed patients The Advertiser February 10, 2005

Dec 2003 Owner

- - - the president of the Indian Australian Association of SA, Dr Jagdish Saraf, - - - .
Saying hello to Bollywood Sunday Mail December 7, 2003

In July 2005 the home met all 44 criteria and was accredited for a year.

Update October 2007

The performance of homes is closely linked to the owner. It is owners who control finances and not the managers on the ground. They allocate funds and make major policy decisions. If one home is repeatedly bad then the others ar likely to be too. Our aged care regularions spend all their efforts on those managing the homes and pay no attention to owners. The Minister for aging has made that very clear and made it clear that no changes are planned. He is reported in August 2007 as saying that " owning a sub-standard home did not automatically disqualify players from the industry". His undertaking to tighten the regulations in June 2007 clearly did not include that.

The opposition has been asked exactly what they plan to do about this problem.

It is revealed that Dr Saraf owned two nursing homes and both were soon in trouble again. St Catherin'e name was changed to Brighton Aged Care after the adverse publicity in 2005

Brighton Aged Care (St Catherine's)

This nursing home was in trouble again in 2007

May 2007 Sanctioned

Brighton Aged Care on Brighton Rd at South Brighton, owned by an Adelaide doctor, has been sanctioned by the federal Department of Health and Ageing after an inquiry by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.
The Brighton home changed its name, from St Catherine's to Brighton Aged Care, after an investigation in late 2004 found it had put patients at "serious risk" and repeatedly failed quality inspections.
Second aged care home alert The Advertiser May 23, 2007

Jul 2007 Across the board failure

BRIGHTON Aged Care nursing home has failed to meet standards in clinical care, pain management, nutrition and hydration, according to the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.

The findings of ACSAA's review, conducted from May 18-25, were revealed yesterday, showing across-the-board failure to comply with care standards.
Nursing home 'fails the test' The Advertiser July 6, 2007

Hyde Park nursing home

Dr Saraf also owned this nursing home. The home was closed in October 2007 after it failed to meet standards.

Sept 2007 Amusing themselves with the aged -- failing standards

A NURSE who helped roll an elderly nursing home resident in tomato sauce has been allowed to continue working at the facility.

The enrolled nurse, Peter White, and another caregiver were sacked after an internal complaint about the abuse at the Hyde Park nursing home earlier this year.

The incident, which The Advertiser understands was a practical joke about a resident "bleeding" after a staff party, was never reported to authorities at the time.

A spokesman for federal Minister for Ageing Christopher Pyne last night said the matter was now being investigated by the Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme.

The Mitchell St, Hyde Park home is owned by Adelaide doctor Jagdish Saraf, of Urrbrae.
In June, the home failed to meet standards of care set by the federal Department of Health and Ageing.
Sacked nurse back at aged care home The Advertiser September 18, 2007

Sept 2007 Previous complaints

THE 83-year-old husband of a nursing home resident who was rolled in tomato sauce as a practical joke by nurses had previously made complaints about the poor standards at the aged care facility.-
"I have complained to the home about the standards many times and how she is treated, but nothing is done,'' he said. "I have seen her upset, crying sometimes.''
Wife's aged home abuse sparks anger The Advertiser September 20, 2007

Sept 2007 To be closed

A NURSING home in which a resident was rolled in tomato sauce in a practical joke played by nurses will be closed by its owner, forcing about 40 residents to find a new place to live.
Joke nursing home to be closed The Advertiser September 27, 2007

Oct 2007 Closed after not meeting standards

RESIDENTS of a Hyde Park nursing home embroiled in a tomato sauce scandal will be relocated following a meeting at the home today.
The Hyde Park Aged Care Facility will be closed by the end of the month after it failed to meet Federal Government standards.
The owner of the Hyde Park home, Adelaide doctor Jagdish Saraf, of Urrbrae, said the incident was not reported to police or the Nurses Board.
Hyde Park nursing home residents to move The Advertiser October 3, 2007

For Updates:- A good way to check for recent developments in aged care is to go to the aged care crisis group's search page and enter the name of the company, nursing home or key words relating to any other matter in the search box. Most significant press reports are flagged there. The aged care crisis web site has recently been restructured and some of the older links used from this site may not work.

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Michael Wynne
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