More than 108,000 Australians remained on the waiting list for their appropriate level of home care as of 31 March 2018, including 88,000 with high care needs, according to new data released by the Department of Health.
There were 104,000 on the waiting list for home care as of 31 December 2017, indicating an increase of 3.7 per cent over the quarter.
Since the first release of data, the waiting list for home care has grown...
Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She has worked across several sectors, including banking, finance, economics, real estate, and aged care. She was Managing Editor at Macquarie Bank for several years, and also spent a number of years presenting financial market news on television and radio for CommSec. Caroline loves playing Scrabble, going to the movies with her funny children, and walking in nature.
An aged care worker has been sentenced to 17 months’ detention for repeatedly hitting a frail and elderly resident.
Though the details of this case are deeply distressing, we believe that cases like this need to be brought to light, firstly, to ensure the perpetrators can’t repeat their crimes, but also to raise awareness that these incidents do, from time to time, unfortunately occur.
Regulations are in place to protect vulnerable residents, but we must also be alert to the...
Aged care facilities in Australia have “high rates and inappropriate use” of psychotropic medications, according to a new study by the University of Tasmania.
The study ‘More Action Needed: Psychotropic prescribing in Australian residential aged care’, says its findings reveal “major concerns” and change is “urgently required”.
The nation-wide study of 11,300 residents in 150 aged care facilities found that nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of aged care residents were taking psychotropic medications regularly.
More than 30 per cent were charted...
Why is it that when family members become elderly, and eventually require care, the responsibility for that care usually falls to women?
Think about your own family: is there an expectation, even if unspoken, that a daughter - or daughters - will take on the responsibility of caring for elderly parents?
Of course, it's not always the case, but more often than not, it is. I suspect in my own family my sister and I will care for our mother...