Sarah Russell
Sarah Russell Feb 26, 2018

Would you eat the meals served in some aged care homes?

A shocking new study reveals aged care home spent an average of $6.08 per resident to provide residents with three meals a day. Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical Association, describes this as a “national disgrace”. In aged care homes, meals are the highlight of a resident’s day. Some aged care homes provide delicious and nutritious meals. Others serve meals that are inedible. When compared to international food budgets, Australian aged care homes spend 1.4 times less...
Sarah Russell

Sarah Russell

Aged Care Matters

Dr Sarah Russell is a public health researcher who became interested in aged care when her parents moved to an aged care home. After her father died, she stopped full-time work so she could spend as much time with her Mum as possible. She wanted her Mum’s quality of life to be as good as it could be. She wanted her Mum to feel valued and be engaged in her ‘twilight years’. The time Sarah spent with her Mum in the aged care home was precious for them both. Although Sarah enjoyed the 4 years she spent with residents and staff, she watched the comings and goings in the aged care home with a critical eye.

Sarah Russell
Sarah Russell Feb 8, 2018

Aged Care: So Many Inquiries, So Little Action

How many inquiries, reviews, taskforces, think tanks, consultations and consultant reports does it take for the government to change a light bulb in an aged care home? Over the past year or so, the government has investigated, among other things, the aged care workforce, reforms, accreditation, complaints scheme, innovation, standards of care and elder abuse – and still the light globe remains unchanged. The numerous reports commissioned by the government generate recommendations that never see the light of day. Unless...
Sarah Russell
Sarah Russell Feb 1, 2018

Aged Care Providers Putting Profits Over People

More than 160,000 Australians live in an aged care home. Recent media reports have highlighted inadequate personal care, neglect, abuse and negligence suggesting that the quality of care in some aged care homes is a disgrace. During the past decade, privately owned aged care facilities have grown at twice the rate of those in the non-profit sector. Publicly listed companies are now the fastest growing owners of aged care facilities. Major aged-care providers such as BUPA, Japara, Regis and...
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Sarah Russell
Sarah Russell Jan 22, 2018

Reports of Poor Standards in Aged Care are just the Tip of the Iceberg

Australians are living longer than at any time in our history. The intergenerational report predicts that 40,000 people will celebrate their 100th birthday in 2055. If history is any guide, around 50% of these centenarians will live in an aged care home. Aged care homes are places where our most vulnerable older people live. How do we ensure the highest possible standards of care? The federal government claims that a consumer driven, free market based residential aged care system...
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