OPCAT inspections of aged care facilities

He tirotiro OPCAT i ngā whakaurunga tiaki kaumātua

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.

Expectations

This document sets out some of the matters the Chief Ombudsman considers when assessing the conditions and treatment of residents.

Expectations for conditions and treatment of residents in health and disability places of detention – aged care

Legal framework

More about the legal framework the inspections are conducted under.

Legal framework

Inspections

More about what an inspection involves for residents and their family, whānau, and points of contact.

Information sheet for points of contact

COVID-19 inspections

The Chief Ombudsman conducted a series of short, targeted inspections between April and June 2020 to provide an independent assessment of how detention facilities responded to COVID-19.

Parliament’s independent watchdog to inspect secure aged care facilities during COVID-19 pandemic – media statement

Information for facilities and agencies

Guidance for facilities and responsible agencies during the pandemic can be found here:

Monitoring places of detention

COVID-19 reports

These reports summarise the Chief Ombudsman's observations, recommendations, and suggestions.

OPCAT COVID-19 report: Report on inspections of aged care facilities under the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 - June 2021

OPCAT COVID-19 report: Report on inspections of aged care facilities under the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 - August 2020

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