Improvement needed throughout process

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


Staff ratios must be priority

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

Medication management in the community


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.

Conversation starter

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?

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