St Andew's Federal accreditation after "difficult period"
ST ANDREW'S aged care facility in Ballina has received Federal Government accreditation for the next three years.
It's a good result after what director of care services Neil Sproule said had been a difficult period for the nursing home, following two "unexplained deaths".
A former nurse was later charged with murder.
Mr Sproule said the nursing home achieved the required standard in each of the 44 criteria assessed by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.
The three-person assessment team spent two days at the nursing home late in May.
As part of the stringent assessment, the team interviewed 10% of the 117 residents, along with family and staff.
"It's good news for St Andrew's and it's validation of the excellent care St Andrew's gives to the community within and the wider community," Mr Sproule said.
"It also was an opportunity for St Andrew's to showcase our commitment to providing quality care."
Mr Sproule said the reporting of the tragic incidents involving two residents also highlighted the nursing home's commitment to following the necessary protocols required by aged care facilities.
For Mr Sproule, taking up the director of aged care services position late last year was a return home, as he was born and raised in Mullumbimby.
The registered nurse has 20 years' experience in aged care management, mainly on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.
The popular St Andrew's fete will be held at the Bentinck St site on Saturday, August 15, with plenty of stalls and entertainment.