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#3 Amanda 2019-11-05 22:34
Continual injections of funding by the government into aged care “businesses” is not the answer. Greedy owners just pocket the funds and the status quo remains. The meals remain poor, the staffing doesn’t change and residents care remains questionable.

Skills mix and contact hours are still limited by greedy owners and no staff to patient ratios which force already pushed staff to sometimes try to “care” for fifteen residents plus. Is there any wonder residents don’t get adequate fluids, activity and hygiene and are often dumped in front of TV all the day?

Government needs to provide money which is only spent on care. Monies for nutrition and monies for allied health. This happened years ago where funds not spent on the areas were withdrawn the following year by the government. Hence there were registered nurses and plenty of physios, activities workers and better meals.

This all became too hard for the government and they changed from the old funding model?? “Cam/ Sam??? To just these massive pots of money being thrown at providers. They in turn make their homes look amazing so prospective clients are blinded by luxury but cannot see there is no substance or that the homes are poorly staffed.

Earlier this year in an interview on the 7.30 report with a aged home provider the home acknowledged that they made $600,000,000 dollars and received $500,000,000 dollars from the government but of the 160 homes this conglomerate had 93 homes with sanctions????
How can this be?

Home care providers cry poor and demand more funding whilst blaming nurses for unfair treatment of their residents, these same providers are banking billions and residents are being fed party pies. It just doesn’t equate.

Go back and watch where the funds are being spent, make the “bastards” accountable and then we may get somewhere.
#2 Helen Hackett 2017-04-23 16:50
I would like to be informed if any of the Aged Care Commission findings are to be used in a publication. I do have the conclusive findings by the Aged Care Commissioner.
#1 SickAndTired 2016-11-02 11:41
Most Aged Care Places In Victoria are run by greedy Owners that do not care for the care needs of their Residents at all. The Aged Care workers (Not the Registered Nurses) are treated poorly, bullied by Facility Managers and Registered Nurses. Most of it takes place at (names removed). Their bullying policies are of no use!