Secretive bureaucrats withhold information about errors occuring in nursing homes. And lazy politicians regurgitate emotional cliches about caring for the elderly. Meanwhile, bad staff slip through the cracks and the vulnerable suffer.
There is a small but dangerous number of people working in aged and disabilities services, who abuse their elderly and frail residents. This is a painful but important issue to discuss.
Rethinking Aged Care means listening to what elderly people and their carers actually want. It means solving THEIR problems, not forcing other people solutions on them.
Abuse in nursing homes has raised its ugly head again, with an article in this weekend’s Australian titled ‘Lethal care: Insulin murders’. The article documents serial murder, going on behind closed nursing home doors, by a small number of appallingly dysfunctional staff.
Aged care focused startups need to think about how older people actually see themselves, and what their priorities are. They might be surprised! Close relationships and their unique interests are more important than trendy technology.
I talked to an experienced Aged Care nurse about the upcoming Royal Commission into aged care. These are the issues that she regards as being vital to providing safe and affordable care to the elderly.
Bureaucrats are pushing long term unemployed people into training courses, no matter how inappropriate they are. In some cases, elderly frail Australians are left to suffer the consequences.