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.
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.
Expectations for conditions and treatment of residents in health and disability places of detention – aged care
More about the legal framework the inspections are conducted under.
More about what an inspection involves for residents and their family, whānau, and points of contact.
Information sheet for points of contact
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
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