Fears of ‘hidden epidemic’ of poor quality care in aged care homes if RNs removed

Fears of ‘hidden epidemic’ of poor quality care in aged care homes if RNs removed

There are fears of a ‘hidden epidemic’ of poor quality care for the state’s ageing residents, if registered nurses (RNs) are no longer required at New South Wales aged care homes. The Upper House is considering whether legislation that requires RNs to be in aged care facilities should be weakened.

My great fear is that we will have this hidden epidemic of very poor quality care being given to our older people in these facilities.

Dr Bernoth says the profile of people going into care has changed, with more people choosing to stay in their homes for longer, before entering a specialised care facility. She says they are in need of specialist care, now more than ever.

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