15 Jul Aged care crisis
Many elderly people are being left to die unnecessarily or are in great pain because of a critical lack of staff and training in many of Australia’s nursing homes. Only one in five are receiving proper palliative care. Up to 50 per cent of residents are malnourished, with some people being left for entire days in soiled nappies. More than 200,000 people are living in Australian aged care facilities and advocacy groups now describe the shocking state of care being delivered as a national human rights emergency. This exclusive report from Margot O’Neill.
The accreditation and standards agency is charged with monitoring the standards of care in aged care, but that process isn't working.
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