Aged care assessments
We had an ACAT done for my father and then when we required additional services. A second service provider called on us and we had to go through everything again, distressing to my father, and the 2 ACAT documents caused confusion.
There should be one document and, if another service provider is brought into the mix, the previous document should be continued with. It would be preferable to deal with one service provider, rather than two. Continue reading
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
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 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
Just like in other countries, medication errors are a problem in Australia, with an estimated 2-3 per cent of all hospital admissions medication-related.
This suggests at least 230,000 admissions annually in this country are caused by patients taking too much or too little of a medicine – or taking the wrong medicine – with the cost topping at least $1.2 billion. A good proportion of these patients are older and infirm Australians still living independently.
This recent article in a New York newspaper has five useful tips especially for those people receiving in-home or community care, and for their carers, to help prevent medication errors.
Has medication management been a challenge for you or someone you have cared for? What were any consequences? Where did you go for advice? What was the recommendation? What did you learn?