Home not for mum, says carer

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

A TAS­MA­NIAN carer has told the Royal Com­mis­sion into Aged Care Qual­ity and Safety they would not let their loved one en­ter a home after what they had seen in the in­dus­try.

The com­mis­sion has re­ceived 6397 sub­mis­sions to date and the de­liv­ery of sub­stan­dard and un­safe ser­vices was at the heart of most, it says.

It will con­duct hear­ings in Ho­bart to­day.

The Aus­tralian Nurses and Mid­wifery Fed­er­a­tion’s Tas­ma­nian Branch said the ev­i­dence and har­row­ing sto­ries likely to be heard dur­ing the Ho­bart hear­ings would come as no sur­prise to those work­ing in the sec­tor. It also re­newed its calls for Tas­ma­nian aged care providers to man­date min­i­mum staffing ra­tios.

“The is­sues are wide­spread and long stand­ing, and providers have both the fi­nan­cial and op­er­a­tional means to ad­dress these now,” Sec­re­tary Emily Shepherd said.

In its sub­mis­sion, Car­ers Tas­ma­nia raised con­cerns about staff to pa­tient ra­tios, the screen­ing of work­ers, the num­ber of doc­tor vis­its to homes and a cul­ture which failed to treat res­i­dents with re­spect.

“What my fam­ily has seen in this in­dus­try will en­sure our mother will not go into a nurs­ing home,” one par­tic­i­pant said.

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