Rest homes have been hit hard by COVID-19 deaths and inquiries are looking at possible changes to care. The elephant in the room is that quality care depends on more staff.
The draft visitor access code for aged care balances residents' rights to see their family with the need to keep coronavirus under control. But the changes will require more staff time to implement.
For many people living in residential aged care, their priority is quality of life, not length of life. So how do we reconcile this with the need to restrict visitors during the coronavirus pandemic?
Government policies and nursing home operators will need to navigate a delicate balance: how to protect older people from COVID-19 while maintaining their rights to social engagement.
We took a close look at breaches of aged care standards in 2019 to see what effect the new aged care standards are having, and where aged care providers are falling short.
We interviewed older gay men, lesbian women, and trans women about their perceptions of residential aged care. Our research shows we need to make aged care safer for LGBTI+ people.
The family home has largely been protected from mean tests to determine how much older people should pay for their aged care. It's time this changed.
More than 50% of nursing home residents experience symptoms of depression.
Expanding suicide prevention frameworks to include aged care residents, aligning nursing home life with community living, and improving residents' access to mental heath services will be key.
The update has slashed growth and surplus forecasts, as the economy is buffeted by global and domestic pressures.
The projected surplus has been revised down from A$7.1 billion at budget time to $5 billion for this financial year.
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Too many informal carers have to choose between giving their older mum or dad the care they need and dropping out of the workforce.
A new system of carers' leave would allow middle-aged Australians to care for their ageing parents while staying in the workforce.
Morrison said at a news conference, ‘We can and must do better in providing improved support for our older Australians’.
Most of the money will go to providing an extra 10,000 home care packages, after the commission said many people were dying while waiting for them.
One in five nursing home residents are given antipsychotic drugs.
Doctors will have to justify prescribing the antipsychotic drug risperidone for longer than 12 weeks. But that won't fix the problem of using drugs to manage aged care residents' behaviour.
An increase in the number of home care packages was one of three recommendations for immediate action made in the interim report.
After a damning interim report from the royal commission, the government will soon announce more money for aged care.
Vulnerable Australians are in the hands of workers who don’t have time to properly care for them.
The aged care workforce is 90% women and 30% migrant. The royal commission might find that's why it lacks clout.
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Australia’s rich diversity is reflected in its older population. It's time our nursing homes do the same.
If family members are in a nursing home, it’s difficult to know if they’re getting the care they need. Here are some ways to find out.
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If you've read the headlines about poor standards in Australia's nursing homes, it's only natural to be concerned about your own family or friends in residential aged care.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent.
Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’
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Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".
Most young people who enter aged care do so after acquiring a disability and need high levels of support.
Around 6,000 Australians aged under 65 still live in nursing homes, cut off from their families and peers, with inadequate support for their disabilities.
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.