Reportable assaults are those types of actions that are characterized as violent and deliberate physical attacks on people. Any sort of hitting, kicking or punching (irrespective of whether it has caused harm to the person or not) comes under a chargeable offense.
Taking reasonable measures to safeguard the uniqueness of a staff member, who formulates an assault report and also protects them from getting victimized.
What comes under a reportable assault?
According to Act (section 63-1AA), a reportable assault is defined in the following ways:
- Any type of unlawful sexual contact with residents of an old age care home, or
- Use of physical force on residents of an old age care home,
- Unethical sexual contact that is done to capture any sort of sexual contact, without seeking the consent of the person.
People who are found with a mental or cognitive disorder, then the resident would be considered to give an informed consent.
How is the case handled?
If an assaulted person discloses about the assault and it is found to qualify for protection under the above-mentioned Act, then the identity of the victim must be protected by the approved provider.
An approved provider needs to fill up the reportable assault form and send it to the concerned department via email. Proper care planning makes sure that the person does not remain victimized and get necessary assistance as soon as possible.
Where can an old aged victim ask for help?
The “aged care complaints commissioner” is a committee that is formed to receive abuse or negligence of complaints of an aged member of an old age home. Also, one can raise concerns regarding the inferior quality of services and care being provided to people.
Using emergency helpline number and contacting the police department as early as possible will not only allow the provider to offer the due assistance to the person but also help in resuming normal life again.