Shock report slams aged care conditions
AGED care operators apologised for “harm’’ to elderly Australians in nursing homes as a royal commission recommended pay rises and extra staff in a shock report.
The damning 1000-page report, handed to the Governor-General yesterday, demands a radical shake-up to aged care staffing, funding and duty of care to nursing home residents. The Morrison government refused to release the full report yesterday, after a two-year inquiry and more than 10,000 public submissions detailed a “cruel and shameful” system of aged care.
Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission made 124 recommendations for reform, including a wage rise for lowpaid carers and set staffing ratios for nursing homes, which sometimes operate without any nurses onsite.
The aged care industry made a public apology yesterday for substandard care, but demanded more taxpayer funding to hire extra staff.
“There have been some terrible examples in aged care where individuals or services have failed in their duties to provide safe and quality care,’’ Leading Aged Services Australia chief executive Sean
Rooney, representing nursing home operators, said yesterday. “As we have said in evidence to the Royal Commission, these failures are unacceptable, and we are sorry for the harm they have caused.’’
Lobby group Aged and Community Services Australia said 64 per cent of nursing homes are run at a loss, and need more taxpayer funding to hire extra staff.