My wife developed early onset alzheimer’s in 2004. By 2009, her cognitive impairment had reached a stage where she suffered with apathy, paranoia and hallucinations.
She spent 3 months in care facilities in 2010, 5 months in 2011 and permanently from 2012 until her death in 2017. Continue reading
My dealings with aged care began in 2008, firstly with home care, then in 2011 residential care as a carer.
The person I cared for had dementia, which meant I was his advocate. Continue reading
The major problem with aged care, especially in care facilities, are staff numbers.
It’s ridiculous to expect staff to care for the numbers they are forced to rush through on every shift. Continue reading
I worked in the aged care sector for many years. I left when I could not longer care for our residence with care and dignity. The day showers where timed and feeding timed I knew I had to get out.
I took my mother in-law out of a aged care facility 3years ago as it was nothing less then a concentration camp. The care, meal, activities. Continue reading
Many nursing home providers are reducing the number of Registered Nurses and replacing them with less skilled experienced and less qualified staff.
Federal politicians seem to believe putting millions of dollars into the aged care system solves the level and quality of care being delivered to nursing home residents. Continue reading
I am full-time carer to my wife who is in her 6th year post-diagnosis (Alzheimer’s disease).
In the past 12 months or so we have used respite care 4 times – once for medical reasons when I had surgery, and 3 times when I took short breaks from caring. Continue reading
We received a call from our mother’s aged care facility around breakfast time one Friday that she was on her way to hospital after having breathing difficulties overnight. She passed away late the next day, in early November 2016. The emergency department doctors said the likely cause of her admission to hospital the day prior was “aspiration pneumonia”. (This condition occurs when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs, instead of being swallowed into the oesophagus and stomach.) Continue reading