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ABC news articles on Aged care

Mistreated nursing home residents 'better off in a concentration camp'

Traumatised relatives have raised shocking claims that their loved ones were left to die unnecessarily or in great pain because of a critical lack of staff and training in nursing homes.
 

Aged care workers say nursing home patients are suffering due to staff shortages.

Posted 13 Aug 2013, 7:09pmTue 13 Aug 2013, 7:09pm
Aged care workers say nursing home patients are suffering due to staff shortages.
 

Call for royal commission into nursing home care

Anne Connolly reported this story on Friday, September 19, 2014 18:30:00
MARK COLVIN: There are calls for a royal commission into nursing home care and the way the industry is regulated.
 

Sexual assaults on elderly women in aged care shocks researchers

Alison Caldwell reported this story on Friday, July 4, 2014 12:38:00
TANYA NOLAN: Researchers in Melbourne say they're shocked by the increasing rate of sexual assault of elderly women.
 

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2013/s3744672.htm

Buttrose slams nursing home standards

 
MARK BANNERMAN: It's a diagnosis no-one wants to hear. Dementia.

Now The Australian of the Year, Ita Buttrose, has spoken out to help Dementia patients urging politicians on both sides of politics to take action to improve the quality of residential care for these patients that are - to be offered to these patients.
 

Nursing home residents are being sedated

Broadcast: 22/07/2013
Reporter: Steve Cannane
More than 70 per cent of nursing home residents are being sedated often heavily as a form of behaviour management despite evidence that the drugs can lead to injury and death.
 

Assaults in nursing homes go unreported

Broadcast: 11/04/2013
Reporter: Margot O'Neill
Aged care experts believe hundreds of assaults in Australia's 2000 nursing homes are going unreported because they are committed by violent dementia patients.
 
TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Industry experts believe hundreds of assaults in nursing homes are going unreported as managers struggle with increasing numbers of violent dementia patients.

Aged care companies aren't required to report assaults committed by people with cognitive impairments like dementia.

But Lateline's been told that at least 5,000 dementia patients with severe behavioural disturbances including violence are being shunted around Australia's 2,000 nursing homes.

Lateline has also learned some providers have resorted to giving staff self-defence courses.

Anne Connolly reported this story on Friday, September 19, 2014 18:30:00

MARK COLVIN: There are calls for a royal commission into nursing home care and the way the industry is regulated.