Mapping the National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care in relation to the Aged Care Quality Standards

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In this document, we present the eight Aged Care Quality Standards, and list the related Guidelines Outcomes for each requirement.

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The National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care encompass a whole-of-organisation approach, valuing relational care, and recognise that spiritual care is everyone’s business. The National Guidelines articulates five domains of spiritual care, with ten outcomes and actions listed for each:

  1. Organisational leadership and alignment
  2. Relationships and connectedness
  3. Identifying and meeting spiritual choices, preferences and needs
  4. Ethical context of spiritual care
  5. Enabling spiritual expression.

 

The Australian Government’s 2018 Aged Care Quality Standards[i] total eight standards.

Each standard outlines a consumer outcome, organisation statement, and requirements for organisations to meet the standard. The standards are:

  • Standard 1: Consumer dignity and choice
  • Standard 2: Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers
  • Standard 3: Personal care and clinical care
  • Standard 4: Services and supports for daily living
  • Standard 5: Organisation’s service environment
  • Standard 6: Feedback and complaints
  • Standard 7: Human resources
  • Standard 8: Organisational governance

 

In this document, we present the eight Aged Care Quality Standards, and list the related Guidelines Outcomes for each requirement.

[i] Australian Government. Aged Care Quality Standards, 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/providers/standards/quality-standards