There is a “pipeline” of young people moving from hospital to residential aged care, and often other options are not even considered, the royal commission has heard.
Every week in Australia, on average 42 younger people enter residential aged care, the equivalent of six per day or 2,000 every year. Most are sent to aged care after being discharged from hospital.
“The ‘pipeline’ is an express route into aged care,” said Dr Bronwyn Morkham, National Director, Young People...
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As the royal commission resumed hearings into younger people living in residential aged care, Commissioner Lynelle Briggs put to Dr Nicholas Hartland, from the Department of Health, that “the current system is at best a national embarrassment and at worst, a national disgrace.”
“Pipeline” sends young people into residential aged care
Australia has a “pipeline” sending younger people into residential aged care because there is a “huge gap” in checks and balances, said Peter Rozen QC, counsel assisting...
The royal commission is hearing this week from younger Australians living in residential aged care.
Lisa Corcoran, who spoke with the help of a speech pathologist, made her feelings clear.
“My number one goal is to get the fuck out of the nursing home,” she said during the first day of hearings.
Ms Corcoran said her second goal was to hug her children, and her third, to communicate better.
But no one present at the Melbourne hearing could...
Researchers have found that 10 per cent of people living in residential aged care have gout, but more may have the condition and are not receiving medication that could help them.
Dr Amy Nguyen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Macquarie University, told HelloCare their research has shown that most people who have gout also have other serious health conditions, including hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.
What is gout?
Gout is a common...