13th May 2024

Key Considerations for Standard 4: The Environment



Anchor Excellence

The aim of Standard 4 is to prioritise the safety and well-being of older individuals in both community and residential aged care settings. Standard 4, known as “The Environment,” is closely linked to Standard 1, “The person.”

Standard 4 ensures that older individuals are provided care in a secure, supportive physical environment that caters to their specific needs. Key concepts encompassed in Standard 4 include:

  • Effective risk management for the elderly.
  • Collaborative care partnerships.
  • Implementation of robust infection control measures, including aseptic techniques and antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Utilisation of a multidisciplinary approach to care delivery.
  • Efficient management of equipment.
  • Transparent communication through open disclosure.
  • Assistance with an older person’s daily activities.
  • Adoption of contemporary evidence-based practices.

Older individuals can anticipate care and services that are culturally safe, trauma-aware, and focused on healing, tailored to their unique requirements, goals, and preferences.

Standard 4, “The Environment,” comprises two main Outcomes:

  • 4.1a: Focuses on the environment and equipment within a home setting.
  • 4.1b: Concentrates on the environment and equipment within a service environment.
  • 4.2: Centres on infection prevention and control measures.