Older Australians are some of our most vulnerable, that’s why we trust in aged-care facilities, to know with peace of mind that our loved ones are getting the best possible care.
But, for many older Australians and their families the reality is sickening.
Deplorable revelations of mistreatments and neglect of senior Australians in aged-care homes unearths chronic system failures in the sector, says Council on the Ageing.
Difficult stories that need to be heard
Before the federal government opens its royal commission into the aged-care industry, Council chief executive Ian Yates is calling the investigation a ‘watershed moment’ for senior Australians and their relatives, as reported by the Australian Associated Press.
‘Every single resident in a nursing home and every person receiving aged care at home has the right to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect,’ Mr Yates said.
‘Our aged-care system has been plagued with issues for many years.’
‘We are looking forward to the royal commission addressing some of the key issues, including properly financing the sector, building and supporting a better skilled and compassionate workforce, improving medication management and restraint practices, and providing equitable access to mental health and palliative care services.’ He added.
The close on year-long inquiry will take a look at the extent of sub-standard care and work out how services can be improved.
Based in Adelaide, the royal commission will have holdings in other states, look at dealings with dementia, those wishing to live at home, and a funding model for care and facilities that is sustainable.
Aged-care facilities rort with complaints
The commission was ignited by complaints of abuse and poor treatment of dementia patients at Adelaide’s state government-run Oakden nursing home, according to AAP.
As details came to light, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned Australians to prepare for some ‘difficult stories’, but believed the investigation could rebuild trust in Australia’s age-care industry.
Aged and Community Services Australia chief executive Pat Sparrow commented the inquiry, and it seems that the aged-care industry doesn’t fear the looming scrutiny.
‘We have zero tolerance for abuse and neglect where it occurs, and we are committed to continuous improvement to address problems as they arise.’
But investigations found failures in clinical governance, with incidents of rough handling of patients, excessive use of restraints and an alarming amount of injuries.
So perhaps the industry should show more concern, especially when we compare this to the outcome of the recent Banking Royal Commission — these types of behaviours are simply unacceptable.
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