There’s reports the Gold Coast nursing home which suddenly closed earlier this year, leaving close to 70 elderly patients stranded, will not reopen.
According to the ABC, the Federal Government has revoked owner Arthur Miller’s licence to operate a high-care facility, however it’s yet to be confirmed by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.
“They have revoked our licence, we cannot even sell our licence to somebody else, we cannot operate the aged care anymore… so our business is completely gone,” Mr Miller told ABC News journalist Tom Forbes.
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Staff walked out of Nerang’s Earle Haven nursing home in July following a pay dispute between owner People Care and operator HelpStreet, abandoning elderly residents in their beds and forcing them to find alternative accommodation in other nursing homes and hospitals.
The closure of the facility made national headlines after the Royal Commission into Aged Care heard elderly residents at the facility were allegedly restrained and drugged.
“Our investigation follows damning evidence at the Royal Commission hearings this week about poor management practices, understaffing and the overuse of physical restraints and psychotropic drugs on elderly residents at Earle Haven,” Health Committee Chair, Aaron Harper said in a statement at the time.
The crisis also prompted the Queensland Government to introduce The Health Transparency Bill to State Parliament last month, to help elderly residents and their families make more informed decisions about healthcare facilities.
Under the new laws, public residential aged care homes will be required to report their average daily resident care hours quarterly.
Private residential aged care facilities can choose not to report the information, but their decision to opt-out will be highlighted beside their name on an interactive website, which the public can view online at any time.
The Bill also requires Queensland Health’s residential aged care facilities to have a minimum nurse skill mix of 50 per cent and for 30 per cent of the total care staff to be registered nurses.
They must also provide a minimum average of 3.65 hours of nursing and personal care to residents daily.
It’s understood the independent living wing at the Nerang facility will continue to operate as normal.