We spent 312 hours observing 39 residents at six Australian aged care facilities to find out how and where they spend their time across the day.
Research shows low male participation in the nursing workforce can stem from many sources, including reticence by career counsellors to recommend nursing as a career.
Many people in nursing homes already suffer from isolation, neglect and lack of human engagement. They need the human touch – in person.
When aged care residents are involved with mealtime jobs such as sorting cutlery and laying the table, they are treated like people not task lists.
Aged care reform remains unfinished business for Labor. It made a start this week but more needs to come.
The federal government has announced COVID-19 vaccination will now become mandatory for aged-care workers. This comes amid a slow and troubled rollout in the sector.
Aged care homes need to have protocols in place to prevent COVID-19 infection in the first instance. But in the event an outbreak does occur, they need to be well prepared.