What rights do you have when discussing medical treatments or test results with your doctor?
It's all very well having rights. But what do these rights really mean when you're with your GP, in hospital or in a nursing home?
The aged care royal commission has looked at regulation in aged care.
Bureaucratic 'red tape' has contributed to the current crisis in our aged care system. We need a system of accountability that focuses more on residents' outcomes, and less on processes.
The system is a complex mix of daily and refundable fees, base payments and means tested contributions.
While the majority of aged care funding comes from government, residents also have to contribute. Here's how the payment system works.
Healthy people now in their 50s and 60s will be the first generations to benefit from reform. For people already in care, changes will come too late.
By the time the aged care royal commission's recommendations lead to improvements in our nursing homes, four cohorts of residents will have died. Here's why.
There are currently no rules to ensure that aged-care facilities provide a comfortable indoor environment.
University of Wollongong
People with dementia can become agitated or distressed when the temperature isn't right, but some aged-care facilities aren't designed or operated to keep them comfortable.
Older people are most at risk during and after natural disasters like Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the coast of Florida last week.
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Evacuating nursing home residents during a disaster can be even more dangerous than staying put.
Growing patient demands, paperwork and workplace stress take their toll on health-care providers.
The myth of compassion fatigue suggests that compassion is a finite resource. The reality is that health-care providers are over-worked and need better institutional support.
Elder abuse covers physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and financial abuse.
A report that recommends 43 ways to prevent elder abuse acknowledges we don't even know how often it occurs in Australia.
Families who are around at mealtimes can check their relatives are swallowing food properly and alert nursing home staff if there’s a problem.
Poor oral health in our nursing homes can lead to many complications, including choking to death. Here's how family and staff can help advocate for better care.
What students can learn from time spent in care homes.
Aged care residents are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their house-bound peers.
More than half (52%) of aged care residents have symptoms of depression, compared with 10-15% of older people living in the community.
Nursing homes are not set up or resourced to facilitate the independence of younger residents.
The Summer Foundation
More than 7,000 young Australians with disabilities are forced to live in nursing homes because they're unable to find suitable accommodation that meets their needs. But this may be about to change.
We need to rethink care for the elderly.
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