Aged care is in crisis. The Federal Government must deliver a system that respects staff and residents and keeps them safe.
- RN24/7 – at least one registered nurse on site at all times
- Minimum mandated care hours and the right skills mix
- Greater transparency – funding tied to care
- Improved wages and conditions.
Aged care has suffered from chronic and widespread understaffing over many years and a lack of transparency in how funding has been spent. The government must act now to resolve these problems, stop unnecessary suffering and save lives.
Stand with aged care nurses, residents and their families to demand a better system for us all.
What you can do
We are not able to provide a person-centred model of care, or ensure quality of life for our residents - we don’t have time.
I had to help lift him onto the toilet and shower him after he soiled himself due to there being limited staff available to assist.
The patients are often soiled and have chronic wounds or conditions that go undressed and untreated, as there is only 1 RN for over 100 patients.
It is just so unfair that residents suffer. Staff who want to care cannot because of time restraints.
They are exhausted, burnt-out and suffering chronic stress much of the time.
He has a motor neurone disease and is not able to do anything for himself.
The carers are great but can’t do their job efficiently when extremely understaffed.