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?
The next decade is shaping up to be an unprecedented period of change for the aged care industry. The aged population is poised to nearly triple by 2050, and as individuals they will likely live longer than ever before. The regulatory environment will have to change to respond to unprecedented need for services. In the medium to long term, the industry will go through an incredible amount of growth and change – not only to keep up with demand and regulatory change, but also to compete against more diverse competitors.