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AustraliaLack of staff behind chemical sedation of patients in aged care facilities, royal commission hears

13:56  15 may  2019
13:56  15 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Staff ignored requests for heart medicine, aged-care commission hears Darryl Hilda Melchhart, 90, says she faces a "never-ending battle" to be seen as a fully competent adult at the aged-care home where she lives in Melbourne. The former bookkeeper told the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Sydney on Monday that she was regarded as incompetent and unable to make her own decisions. "My thoughts and wishes are mostly disregarded by some of the staff. And I am treated by some of the staff as if I am a child or have dementia," she said.

A nurse tells the Royal Commission into Aged Care says nursing home residents are often chemically sedated so they're not annoying you — something she says is unacceptable.

The aged care royal commission sitting in Sydney on Wednesday examined the quality of care provided to a female resident - given the pseudonym CO - at Anglicare's Brian King Garden facility in Castle Hill. Counsel assisting Paul Bolster revealed that 112 of 197 residents at the facility were on

A nurse has told the Royal Commission into Aged Care, there is no excuse for chemically sedating people and it is often done only because of a lack of staff.

A panel of three nurses and a diversional therapist gave evidence to the commission today, saying their roles were plagued by understaffing and that regularly had to do unpaid overtime.

In answer to a question from counsel assisting Paul Bolster about why chemical restraints were used, registered nurse Elizabeth* said it ultimately came down to not having enough staff.

Dementia patient restrained for '14 hours a day'

Dementia patient restrained for '14 hours a day' An emotional daughter down in tears as she revealed the neglect her father suffered while in a Sydney aged-care facility. Speaking at day two of the Royal Commission into Aged Care in Sydney, Michelle McCulla told how her father Terry Reeve was restrained for up to 14 hours a day. The 72-year-old, who suffers from dementia, deteriorated dramatically during his two-month stay in an aged-care facility, losing weight and becoming incontinent, she said. © 9news Terry Reeve was left restrained for up to 14 hours a day his family have told a Royal Commission into Aged Care.

Lack of staff behind chemical sedation of patients in aged care facilities , royal commission hears . A nurse tells the Royal Commission into Aged Care says nursing home residents are often chemically sedated "so they're not annoying you" — something she says is unacceptable.

Aged care workers say new standards designed to improve the quality of living for the elderly will put untenable pressure on already understaffed facilities . An anaesthetist in the French city of Besancon is suspected of poisoning patients during surgery to trigger heart failures and then heroically bring

Lack of staff behind chemical sedation of patients in aged care facilities, royal commission hears© Provided by ABC News Nurses told the royal commission their roles are plagued by understaffing. "It's really confronting and unsavoury to physically restrain people and I can't think of a time where it should be happening at all," she said.

"Rather than give proper care you sedate people so they're not annoying you and it's not acceptable."

"Chemical restraint ... is an anonymous way of doing it because people come in and everyone looks fine, they're all clean and tidy and they're not crying out, but they're not actually getting the care they need."

Lack of staff behind chemical sedation of patients in aged care facilities, royal commission hears
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Maggie Bain, a diversional therapist, said she had seen daily instances of residents being physically restrained.

'He was drooling ... it wasn't normal': residents strapped to a chair

'He was drooling ... it wasn't normal': residents strapped to a chair The hearings this week are concentrating on residents living with dementia, and to illustrate the widespread use of physical restraints and pharmacological restraints. Ms McCulla and her sister, Natalie Sonya Smith, said they'd seen their father restrained before they signed an authorisation form. They said they found him tied into his chair in a lap belt every time they visited him. © ABC 7.30 Report Terry Reeves was restrained, via blue straps around his waist, in a nursing home for hours. Speaking to the ABC's 7.

05/15/19--06:50: Lack of staff behind chemical sedation of patients in aged care facilities , royal commission hears . A nurse tells the Royal Commission into Aged Care says nursing home residents are often chemically sedated "so they're not annoying you" something she says is

The royal commission into aged care opened its second week of hearings in Sydney. However, the commission heard there was no record of the hospital discharge summary being received by the She had been referring to the managers at the time. Ms Berry said the level of staffing on the day of

The nurses spoke of shifts where they were run off their feet and doing unpaid overtime — sometimes on a daily basis.

"I was working in an aged care facility where we'd work half an hour unpaid overtime every day and that was so we could have the handover," Elizabeth said.

"We would be doing up to four hours overtime a day just trying to manage the care for people.

"This is when you're doing one [nurse] to 60 [patients] and you've got people with high needs — so people that are dying for example."

Relatives not consulted about medication

A number of the nurses voiced their support for mandated nurse-to-patient ratios.

"If you've got a person [who's fallen], you're completely taken off the floor with that person," assistant in nursing Susan Walton said.

"So your other 39 [residents] ... you don't know if they're wandering, there's people at risk that you're supposed to check, and you can't get to them physically."

Aged residents 'given psychotropic drugs'

Aged residents 'given psychotropic drugs' A resident at an aged care facility in Sydney's northwest was given anti-depressants without being tested for depression, an inquiry has heard.

Aged care royal commission this week hears of patients evacuated from loved ones due to lack of local resources. Royal commission hears of red tape, lack of funding and cultural The aged care royal commission has exposed the way residents are being drugged and physically restrained by

The former bookkeeper told the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Sydney on Monday that she was regarded as incompetent and The staff rationed the incontinence pads she needed, ignored requests for her angina medicine to address heart problems, and came into her room

The commission also heard from pharmacist Dr Juanita Westbury from the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

Dr Westbury said many relatives she had spoken to were not consulted before their loved one was prescribed a psychotropic medication.

"A lot of them said the first time they found out their relative or their mum or their dad was taking these medications was when they received their pharmacy bill," Dr Westbury said.

"Pharmacists who worked in the sector often said they encountered real resistance to reduce the overall use because a lot of the staff were quite concerned behaviours would return or be escalated if the use was reduced."

The commission has heard numerous stories of over-prescribing of psychotropic or anti-anxiety medications in aged care homes.

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