Special oversight of aged-care home

REST HOME: Timaru's Talbot Park.
REST HOME: Timaru's Talbot Park.

A sub-committee has been established to oversee Timaru's troubled Talbot Park care facility.

An independent review, commissioned by the South Canterbury District Health Board, found a range of areas requiring improvement. Those include the suitability of the facility, staffing numbers and documentation.

The review has also prompted the board to bring in a specialist to help manage the facility.

Gillian Robinson, a Christchurch-based aged residential care specialist, was appointed last month for an initial period of three months. Members of the hospital advisory committee last week discussed the recommendations in the report, health board chief executive Nigel Trainor said.

"While it will remain management's responsibility to ensure corrective actions are implemented, the board believe their governance role is to work closer with management while the recommendations are being completed."

Talbot Park is a 78-bed residential care facility, run by the health board. Of those beds, 49 are hospital level care beds and 20 are hospital level dementia care beds.

The Timaru Herald