Australia Royal commission urges qualified staff to be deployed to aged care facilities

08:05  27 march  2020
08:05  27 march  2020 Source:   watoday.com.au

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Staff ratios have yet again been called into question with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) urging the case for a regulated, registered nurse-to-resident ratio to be But Ms Sharp notes the hard-working care staff within Australia’s residential aged care facilities should not be oversighted.

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Aged care facilities. © Getty Aged care facilities. Restrictions on family visits to protect aged care residents from the coronavirus may be worsening loneliness and isolation among an already vulnerable group.

The chair of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Tony Pagone on Friday called for qualified staff to be urgently deployed to aged care facilities, saying restrictions on family visits may be causing additional harm.

"We have heard that an inability to receive visitors, or a lessening of time which visitors may attend to visit, can have impacts upon the supplementary care family visitors frequently provide for such basic things as feeding and toileting," Mr Pagone said.

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[Source: Aged Care Royal Commission ]. Jo-Ann Lovegrove read out her statement about her father’s care in the Northern Territory, both in a remote area At times, Ms Lovegrove had to continuously ask one facility to provide him with appropriate care , including frequently reminding staff to provide her

He said there was an urgent need for measures to help frail older people to "deal with the negative aspects of the measures designed to protect them".

The reduction of visits needed to be supplemented by additional measures to ensure a healthy and quality life, he said.

Professor Julie Byles, the director of the Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing, said she was worried the message of 'don't go near old people' was not accompanied by positive ideas and skills for keeping older people safe and connected in other ways.

She was working with the Australian Association of Gerontology to discuss the broader issues around the ‘stay away from old people’ message.

"The message should go beyond hygiene and spatial distancing [which are important], and also focus on the social and mental wellbeing and other welfare matters," Professor Byles said. "The measures we eventually put in place for social distancing will have to last for a long long time."

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“ Aged care is in crisis,” says Lee Thomas, Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and She says this is because there’s a growing shortage of qualified nurses working in aged care . “The number of staff to care recipients varies across facilities based on care recipient mix and needs, which

A royal commission is being held into the quality of aged care . Credit:Virginia Star. It links funding levels with poor facility planning and design and a shortage of properly qualified staff Doctors want the rebate for aged - care visits to be increased by more than 50 per cent, saying the current

Aged care facilities. © Getty Aged care facilities. In the last two weeks, some aged care services have stopped all visitors. Others require visitors to wear masks and gowns when they visit or restrict visitors to the resident's room.

Journalist Susan Wyndham, the former literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, hasn't been able to visit her 95-year-old father since his aged care facility banned visits nearly 10 days ago. Her father has advanced dementia, and his daughters visit several times each week.

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"It is a hole in my life not to go there. He is enormously thrilled to see me. He always says, 'Darling, so lovely to see you'," she said. She takes him biscuits, and they sit in the sun with a cup of coffee.

When Ms Wyndham asked how her father was doing, she was told, "The residents are really settled." In email updates, the facility said staff were providing more one-on-one time, activities and were setting up Skype.

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[Source: Aged Care Royal Commission ]. The first three witnesses to the stand were heavily involved in remote care RFDS dentists have been teaching aged care staff how to provide oral hygiene to residents. He says primary care needs to be drastically improved to stop these high admission rates.

Staffing and workload issues within the aged care sector, including as to the challenges of providing sufficient numbers of appropriately qualified and trained staff within aged care facilities , particularly in light of the increasing number of dementia sufferers

"I am grateful and relieved that they are taking really extreme safety measures. If they can keep the virus out, he is in the safest place ... I feel far more sorry for old people home alone, and their families."

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

If you need help or you have experienced domestic/family violence or sexual assault, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) to speak with a counsellor at the National Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence hotline. If you require immediate assistance, call Triple Zero (000)

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