OPCAT inspections of aged care facilities
OPCAT inspections of parts of privately-run aged care facilities – areas where people cannot leave at will, such as dementia and psychogeriatric units – to check residents’ treatment and conditions start from July 2021.
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The Chief Ombudsman also inspects the treatment and conditions of people in District Health Boards’ dementia and psychogeriatric units.
This document sets out some of the matters the Chief Ombudsman considers when assessing the conditions and treatment of residents.
More about the legal framework the inspections are conducted under.
The Chief Ombudsman conducted a series of targeted inspections between April and June 2020 to provide an independent assessment of how detention facilities, including aged care facilities, responded to COVID-19.
These resources provide more information about why and how these inspections are conducted.
These reports summarise the Chief Ombudsman's observations, recommendations, and suggestions.