Government report forces question: What’s going on with Aussie aged care?

The number of assaults reported within aged care homes has jumped by 10%, with 2,625 cases last year alone. This
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The number of assaults reported within aged care homes has jumped by 10%, with 2,625 cases last year alone. This report released by the Department of Social Services (DSS) has forced people to ask, is enough being done to protect our oldest Australians?

Of the reported assaults, 2,199 involved unreasonable use of force whilst 426 cases involved unlawful sexual contact. Other complaints about the standard of Australian aged homes included poor healthcare, a lack of communication, poor physical surroundings and under-resourced staff.

With over 230,000 Australians in permanent aged care and a further 800,000 needing regular home care, this report has rung alarm bells within the government and public alike. A spokeswoman for DSS said, “the health, safety and wellbeing of older people is of paramount importance to the Australian government”.

However, that’s cold comfort for the families of people in aged care. As one Facebook user said, “the vulnerable who paid taxes and worked their butts off, went through war and made this country what we enjoy today – deserve better than being man handled and abused”.

“We now have young disabled under state care being shunted into federal aged care, putting extra pressure on staff being underpaid. This will be us sooner than we realise. Our pollies need to stop wasting money”.

Whilst another person added, “imagine making a complaint, your old mum or dad could be dead by the time they sorted through the paperwork, its all a load of crock”.

Are you shocked by the state of Australian aged care? What can be down to curb the instances of abuse against Australia’s most vulnerable people?

  1. Our elderly deserve all the love and respect we can give them. Prison inmates get better treatment than most of elderly.

  2. That is horrific, there is no other term for it, assaults and sexual abuse? why are these places not strictly monitored, if this was a private business it would be shut down. If this the best they can do for older Aussie’s..God help us all

  3. The entire society revolves around youth, that’s where the money goes. This isn’t really a surprise.

  4. I worked in aged care for over twenty years and loved looking after the aged, I took pride in the care I gave and also in how my residents were presented. I have my mother in care at the moment , and although it is a lovely place and she is happy, I do have problems with the lack of pride in some of the care staff, the older staff have experience to deal with the behaviours of some of the residents with Alzhiemers the younger ones I feel do not. If my mum states she doesnt want a shower even though it is obvious that she needs one, the younger staff members do not try to talk her around, its like they think “one less to do ” the older staff have the experience to talk her around, On many occasions I have gone to visit my mum and she has greasy hair and the clothes she is wearing are dirty, I do get angry as my mum sold her home , like many others to get into care, and pays extra for extra services,which she doesn’t always recieve. I feel as though more education in aged care is needed, these are our vunerable aged mothers and fathers and they deserve respect and understanding.

    • I agree I was a nursing for many years and I was very disappointed in my mothers care as she gradually became more dependent.

    • I agree with you. I worked in aged care for awhile and was amazed to find people hadn’t had a bath or shower. I never had any problems getting them to shower. I am sure some of my work colleagues didn’t try, didn’t care!

    • I was supervising some student nurses in a Nursing Home. One of my students told me that a nurse she was working with went from washing one patient to another without changing the water in the bowl. These things are happening all the time while no one is supervising. Because of the lack of trained nurses.

    • I was supervising some student nurses in a Nursing Home. One of my students told me that a nurse she was working with went from washing one patient to another without changing the water in the bowl. These things are happening all the time while no one is supervising. Because of the lack of trained nurses.

    • As a nurse working in aged care I was pretty disappointed in the basic care my father received from some nurses . Some were really good , others should not be nursing at all . And there are many nurses in ages care who should be educated regularity in palliative care , there practices and attitudes are well below par.
      But if your waiting for the government to step up , you will be waiting for a very very long time . Major issues , more staff , better education .

    • As a nurse working in aged care I was pretty disappointed in the basic care my father received from some nurses . Some were really good , others should not be nursing at all . And there are many nurses in ages care who should be educated regularity in palliative care , there practices and attitudes are well below par.
      But if your waiting for the government to step up , you will be waiting for a very very long time . Major issues , more staff , better education .

    • Yes i worked in age care up till i retired loved it and took pride in my job .The problem these days not enough thought goes into hiring staff these days as they cant get them .Dont get me wrong some of the younger carers are very good but some leaves a lot to be desired .But mind you ,you can say the same about some older staff as well .Not everyone can be a carer it is a thankless job but it is so rewarding .Its a individual thing .The saddest thing these days so many none speaking english people being employed and to some its just a job .Hard enough for dementia residents to understand add someone who cant communicate properly the resident has no chance of understanding .I volunteer now where i used to work i get frustrated at times trying to understand what they are saying .More thought needs to go in to hiring as this is rewarding job for those who really care .Just like our children our elderly deserve quality of care and respect .They are individuals with their own minds and thinking treat them that way .Respect them the same way you would want a love one of yours treated .

    • I completely agree with you and as an RN I was so frustrated with all of it, I was giving out medication most of the time and couldn’t provide the supervision of staff that I thought was needed.

    • Have you seen the video where the nurse blows his nose on the sheets while changing the mums Bed. The son had a video cam hidden in the room. Disgusting things were happening daily

    • When you pay half a million to go into care you don’t want to be treated worse . These owners are making millions on the interest on this money

  5. So lucky with my Dad. He was in a wonderful facility. Some of the stories I hear locally are terrible. I hope I die before I need to go into Aged Care.

  6. Glenn’s I agree the same with my sister that’s in care with dementia,use any excuse not to shower or put a nightie on her at night.Present morning tea in hand no plate or napkin not wearing gloves and puts it on bedside table that doesn’t get cleaned except when I do it.This is a five star center they say I don’t agree,there is 20 dementia residents and there is hardly any interaction at all.This past week my sister has been doped to the eyeballs, when I ask anything they lie to me to try and shut me up.The husband of a lady resident is about to bust them wide open, I can’t wait.

  7. To be honest I am disappointed that SAS chose to publish this story as it is a one sided, slightly muck raking point of view that throws a blanket over the entire age care system in this country. The story even quotes a face book user who obviously has an axe to grind or is just plain ignorant. Already I see comments from other SASers that tell me that opinions have been formed on the basis of one story. It saddens me that the image of age care in this country is so bad and whilst I realise the situation in some facilities is not ideal and that staff and funding are wanting I know that not all deserve this bad image. There are many wonderful age care facilities staffed by caring and dedicated people who provide a loving and caring envoironment for the people under their care.

  8. I feel the government need to look at the funding for wages and ongoing training for care staff at Aged Care Units. I have had family in our local facility and have also worked there and as much as they are good they are always understaffed and looking for replacement staff for sick leave, holiday leave etc.
    If the government made working in Aged Care as inviting as the Hospitals eg equal wages, benefits etc Aged Care would be better staffed increasing the moral of staff and therefore the care of our ageing population.

    • I agree, staff are way under paid, with more pay it would boost their moral, they are pushed to the limits, so yes I can see 1 less shower out of 20 would be an option, if I had a relative in a nursing home, I would monitor everything & do a lot of complaining, & tell the world of standards or lack of. 😠

    • Not all of us can although we would like too. I had to put mum in a home as am caring for grandchildren. Even if I could do it, I am not allowed. She has passed now but was well cared for. She hated it but could not care for herself.

  9. “A spokeswoman for DSS said, “the health, safety and wellbeing of older people is of paramount importance to the Australian government.”
    Pity the actions of the government tell us the exact opposite – that old people are seen as leaners, surplus to requirements, past their use-by date etc. and the sooner they shuffle off this mortal coil, the better the government will be pleased.

  10. At our age none of us want to be hearing stories such as this, however my neighbours husband is currently in a nursing home and she has nothing but praise for all the staff who work there. Her husband is always clean and tidy when she goes to visit him and well cared for, at times she gets a little upset because he never asks to come home. Which as I said to her that is an excellent indicator that he is not being abused in any way, which she never thought of and was very grateful to hear. Don’t be so quick to judge all of these facilities however if you are concerned about a loved one please report it to management or the police if necessary.

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