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Dignity of risk under the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Dignity of risk under the new Aged Care Quality Standards

Dignity of risk has been a recognised an essential part of consumer directed care for some time in the aged care industry, and is now a requirement under Standard 1 of the new Aged Care Quality Standards (the new Standards).  This means that, from 1 July 2019, aged care providers must be able to provide that they are providing care and services in a way that facilitates consumer choice, including choices to take risk.  But what does this mean for your aged care facility?  And how can you facilitate consumer risk taking without exposing your own aged care facility to unwanted risk?