Dr. Bill Thomas is working with the Eden Alternative in Australia for the next two weeks and will be sending updates from Perth. He just texted asking we share this story from the West Australian newspaper:
Experts call for reform as aged care gripes rise
ANGELA POWNALL, The West Australian
Welfare advocates have called for urgent reform of the aged care sector after new figures showed complaints about aged care homes and alleged assaults on residents were on the rise.
The Federal Government’s report into the Aged Care Act also highlighted the shortage of residential care places, with almost 8 percent of elderly people assessed as needing high care waiting at least nine months for a bed.
Council on the Ageing WA chief executive Ken Marston said the statistics showed the immense pressure aged care services were under.
“There’s a huge shortage in WA and it’s getting worse,” he said.
“Where are these people going? They are going into care awaiting placement, something between an acute hospital and a nursing home, or they are in the community being cared for by people who simply don’t have the resources needed.
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