On Thursday 31st October 2019 the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report was released. The report, entitled Neglect, has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable citizens and does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and in many instances neglects them.
In the Interim Report, Commissioners describe the challenges older people and their families experience when accessing aged care services, the service shortfalls that exist, the serious substandard care and unsafe practices within facilities and the community; and the underpaid, undervalued and insufficiently trained workforce that are assigned to the care of our older vulnerable citizens.
The Commissioners have identified areas where immediate action is required, but also explain the fundamental reform and redesign required for the aged care system as a whole. The 258-page report is extensive and damning, but hopefully is the beginning of a positive change.
The Interim Report – Neglect is available to read via the following link: https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au