Don’t get me started! MyAgedCare is like Medicare … it’s draining the budget for aged care to the detriment of senior citizens, who have paid a lifetime of taxes to have their lives put though humiliating hoops, with no hope of receiving the services assessed by ACAT.
Staffing ratios per resident need to be addressed. I am an enrolled nurse in a residential facility and I have just had my job made redundant, along with another EN.
This now means only 1 EN to administer medication, treat wounds and assist health care workers, when needed, to every 30 residents. Continue reading
My husband went into respite care February of this year. Shortly after I had knee replacement surgery.
While in hospital, I received a call from the emergency room that my husband had been admitted. His tests came back all good, except for very high blood pressure. Continue reading
I have a long paper trail of issues dealing with residential aged care and the lack of staff. I have heard recently that the government is asking for ratios to be accounted for in facilities. It is a huge problem, especially in the aged care industry.
The facility that I am dealing with never seems to have enough staff. I am finding that, during the time I spend with my husband at the facility, I am left to do things for him that are the staff’s responsibility. Continue reading
I am 78 years old and previously attended a local community health centre for treatment of injuries, physio and the like.
However, since the introduction of My Aged Care, I am unable to do this. Continue reading
I am the sole carer for my terminally ill Australian husband (78). I am also new to Australia. Being “new” brings a whole string of problems: what to do, where to go, how to fill out the staggering stack of mandatory forms etc., etc.
I have been totally isolated for the past year with no “respite break” whatsoever and with no family or friends the strain on me is unimaginable! Continue reading
While the Government is quick to push the concept of living longer, living better and remaining at home for as long as possible, it has failed in forward planning and budgeting to allow this to happen. Continue reading
My father receives a disability payment from Veterans Affairs for an injury received due to service in the Australian Armed Services.
The Department of Human Services are taking a large portion to pay for his aged care due to his age-induced dementia. Continue reading
My 99-year-old mum has just recently passed in an aged care facility.
She was diagnosed with dementia about 3 years ago and she spent a year in a facility. They were lovely people who cared for her but they drugged her with schizephrenia drugs to keep her from wandering around at night. Continue reading
I was pleased to see your article in Senior News and hope I can contribute something to help solve the problems you obviously know exist.
My wife has been confined to a wheelchair for almost 5 years in the high care section of our Gold Coast retirement village. Continue reading
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
I care for my mum who is 99 years of age. I was assessed and rejected for a carer’s payment. I only receive a carers allowance from the Government.
Yet my mum can get services from an aged care provider who charge us a fee of $95-110 for a home visit from a physio for (a visit of) under half hour, plus an administration fee of $300 to maintain my mum’s file. 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
Why are the over 65s not able to belong to NDIS? We are just as important as the under 65s.
We need to be able to afford to buy mobility scooters and wheelchairs in order to be more independent and be able to get out of the house more often. 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
My wife and I are both in our 80s. I am still quite healthy for my age, but my wife suffers from peripheral neuropathy, which affects her mobility.
Earlier this year we applied for My Aged Care, only to find that the government had “closed the books”. 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
This site has been set up for older and infirm Australians, their families, carers and friends – as well as those working in this sector – to share their experiences ahead of the Federal Government’s next moves on aged care regulation.
Your input will be invaluable as a way to let Canberra publicly know what the issues are at the coalface. You will be helping us show policymakers and politicians what really needs to be addressed.
If you browse through each of the site’s sections, you will get a feel for some of the issues raised by others. Each page has a conversation-starter and usually at least one link to a news story, report or other relevant information. Just click on the link above to have Your Say on Aged Care in Australia.
We invite negative and positive insights about residential, in-home or community aged care that you or a loved one has experienced. We also welcome input from those tasked with providing that care.
NOTE: Please read the Submission instructions before contributing.
This website is an initiative of Older People Speak Out, an all-volunteer group of retired and semi-retired professionals who advocate on behalf of Australians aged over 50 years. We are an independent, free-spirited group with the experience, knowledge and qualifications to speak out on older people’s issues without fear or favour. OPSO has been going strong for 25+ years and you can find out more about us at opso.com.au, where you can become a member for just $10 a year.
UPDATE: Now that a Royal Commission has been called into Aged Care, Older People Speak Out will be making a submission that includes the posts on this site.
This website is an initiative of Older People Speak Out, an all-volunteer group of retired and semi-retired professionals who advocate on behalf of Australians aged over 50 years.
We are an independent, free-spirited group with the experience, knowledge and qualifications to speak out on older people’s issues without fear or favour.
OPSO has been going strong for 25+ years and you can find out more about us at opso.com.au, where you can become a member for just $10 a year.