Senate debates bill to improve wages and standards of residential aged carers

Senate debates bill to improve wages and standards of residential aged carers

Gladys Betty Daly spent four years in an aged care home, in central Western NSW. Her daughter, Belinda Daly, says her mother was neglected at the home. Belinda Daly says her mother was regularly unsupervised, fell out of her wheelchair numerous times and suffered cuts and bruises to her face and arms. Ms Daly says much of the neglect happened at mealtimes. She says many residents were unable to feed themselves but carers were too busy to help.

Our research is not about numbers. It's about experiences and that experience is terrible.

Dr Maree Bernoth says Gladys Daly’s story is not unusual.

The lecturer in nursing at Charles Sturt University has made submissions to two separate federal inquiries into the aged care sector, highlighting the need to improve the quality of aged care.

In April this year she published her latest report entitled Two Dead Frankfurts and a Blob of Sauce. She interviewed 43 families in three states about their relative’s experience in nursing homes.

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