“I don’t want to have to go into aged care when I grow old.”
A phrase not uncommonly heard, and often punctuated by a shudder of apprehension.
Sadly, there’s a stigma attached to aged care that hasn’t made it appealing to those of us who may one day need it.
Continued reports in the media about the lack of quality care due to chronic understaffing have further fuelled our long-harboured fears of being institutionalised in old age.
The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) is the industrial and professional organisation for nurses and midwives working in public and private health and aged care in Queensland.
The QNMU seeks to promote and defend the industrial, professional, social, political and democratic interests of almost 60,000 members.
IN A NORTH Queensland aged care facility, a nurse is helping an elderly resident. The Enrolled Nurse of 30 years bathes the woman, puts on a fresh nightie and smooths back her hair.
She talks to the mother-of-four who was born in the 1930s and lived through the second World War.
She discusses the weather, the cold mornings and cloudless, sunny days while quietly monitoring her condition.
The woman is tired, her eyes closed and breathing labored. The nurse explains...