Aalst Care Center Faces Safety Suspension

Sarhan Basem

Aalst (Brussels Morning) – The Malting House faces challenges with medication safety and staff-resident communication. Inspectors monitor progress closely aiming for sustained improvements to lift the suspension.

The residential care center has been under heightened supervision since the beginning of this year. Joris Moonens from the Care Agency highlighted that the center faced various challenges with a major focus on medication safety. One of the primary issues was the inadequate registration of medication usage which posed risks to the residents’ well-being. Concerns were raised about the communication and interaction between the healthcare staff and the residents within the facility. These issues underscore the importance of maintaining proper medication protocols and fostering effective relationships between staff and residents to ensure the highest standard of care and safety in the residential care setting.

Will the Health Agency Extend Malting House’s Suspension?

The suspension at the Malting House offers the staff and management a chance to focus on enhancing various aspects within the facility. Following the findings of the recent inspection which highlighted a lack of sufficient improvements the decision to suspend operations aims to intensify the urgency for change. This period of suspension will serve as a time for the team to address and rectify the identified issues effectively. With continued heightened supervision the Malting House will undergo close monitoring to ensure that the necessary improvements are not only initiated but also sustained to uphold the standard of care and safety within the facility.

The Healthcare Agency is keeping a close eye on the Malting House with more regular checks. If things get better the suspension could end sooner. But if there’s no improvement after 6 months they might make the suspension longer. They’ll only think about shutting it down if they’re not sure the facility can do better. The Agency is focusing on the staff’s daily routines and tasks checking in more often. Inspectors are around talking to the employees. The exact reasons for the problems aren’t clear yet. It’s up to the care center to fix the issues and make things better within a reasonable time according to Moonens.

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Sarhan Basem is Brussels Morning's Senior Correspondent to the European Parliament. With a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, Sarhan brings a unique blend of linguistic finesse and analytical prowess to his reporting. Specializing in foreign affairs, human rights, civil liberties, and security issues, he delves deep into the intricacies of global politics to provide insightful commentary and in-depth coverage. Beyond the world of journalism, Sarhan is an avid traveler, exploring new cultures and cuisines, and enjoys unwinding with a good book or indulging in outdoor adventures whenever possible.