The Department of Health places sanctions on Sir Thomas Mitchell Residential Care Facility Illawong

A second aged care facility in Sutherland Shire has had sanctions placed upon it by the Department of Health.

Sir Thomas Mitchell Residential Care Facility Illawong, previously known as Sir Thomas Mitchell Aged Care, was listed on the government’s My Aged Care website following sanctions placed on the facility, imposed June 1, this year.

It is the second aged care home in Sutherland Shire to be sanctioned in the past month. Moran Aged Care at Engadine was investigated into its human resources management and skin care.

The department identified that there is an immediate and severe risk to the health, safety and well-being of care recipients at the Illawong service, following information received from the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.

It stated that it had serious concerns in relation to health and personal care, clinical care, palliative care, nutrition and hydration and behaviour management.

The aged care provider is not eligible to receive Commonwealth subsidies for any new care recipients at the service for a period of six months.

An administrator and adviser has been appointed, and the department and the Quality Agency is continuing to monitor the service.

A spokesman for Sir Thomas Mitchell Illawong confirmed it is taking steps to provide training to its care staff and managers to support them in meeting the needs of residents in care.

“We are working with the agency and the Department of Health following a meeting on June 13,” he said.

“At that meeting, residents and their relatives told representatives they were very happy with the care they are receiving across all items.

“If there was anything we could have improved on we are working on improving things.”