Psychotropic drugs are being over-used in Australian aged-care facilities to chemically restrain residents, according to both researchers and several government reports. But despite all this attention, little is being done to reduce their use.
Reviews by specially-trained pharmacists of the medication taken by elderly people have been funded by the federal government for over 15 years now. But a secret deal followed by a sudden announcement by the Pharmacy Guild means the service will now be limited.
Prior to 1997, owners and providers of nursing homes were vetted under probity requirements to be sure that their past conduct showed that they were good citizens and could be trusted to care properly for vulnerable people. Citizens with knowledge of bad behavior by an applicant could supply it to the departmental vetting body, and object to the issuing of a license to operate.
The Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) has a reputation for being secretive and obstructive. Aged Care Crisis’s (ACC) experience defied belief. It shows just how difficult it is to get any type of information in aged care.
WHEN temperatures were forecast to exceed 40 degrees Celsius at the beginning of the year in 2013, the Hunter Valley Zoo took action to protect its animals, making sure all were housed in air conditioned buildings prior to the onset of the heatwave.
Aged Care Crisis wrote to the Minister questioning the astonishing revelations of NO staff rostered to look after residents in a Queensland nursing home.