Thursday, September 27, 2018

Odds on

(ok, I did not preempt)


Yes, there is a good chance we all may be in some kind of care home when we are old. Preempting the ABC Four Corners television broadcast, the government has announced a Royal Commision into care for the elderly. Royal Commissions have extraordinary powers, and we of a certain age all know what will be turned up.

This Royal Commission will cost tens of millions of dollars that could be better spent for care for elderly in nursing homes. According to the esteemed Sir Humphrey Appleby governments usually announce a Royal Commission when they know what the outcome will be. The government will make some new rules, but not address the problem that private profit making care where the primary motive for care for the elderly is a healthy profit return for shareholders, is simply not compatible with good care for the elderly, unless there are strong, enforceable and monitored government rules and regulations.

There is no need for a Royal Commission. We all know that many care places for the elderly are sub standard, and that there are abuses of elderly people in such care.

Perhaps our Federal Government could just govern and enforce regulations and make new ones if there are inadequacies, and such an inadequacy seems to be a lack of mandated number of care staff to patient ratios, depending on care needs.

And take note politicians. Even rich old white people who are in the poshest place suffer from poor care, if not abusive care. This is not just about governing, it is about you.

27 comments:

  1. An emphatic YES from here.

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  2. Going into a care home is not something I am looking forward to or want. Hopefully I will be doolally enough not to realise !

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    1. Marie, what a wonderful old word, doolally. Your mother's care was quite good?

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  3. I ditto Fun60 comments.... me too!

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    1. Lady J, perhaps that is the way to go.

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  4. If only the nursing homes weren't just interested in making profits for the shareholders and instead spent the money on more staff and better care, the elderly would be a lot better off.

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    1. Sami, I am not hearing anyone saying you are wrong.

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  5. Sami, not just more staff but better trained staff, usual training time is 6 to 8 weeks and that's not enough. I've had a bit of trouble lately with rumours about how much time my mother's doctor spends with her.
    He trained in Aged Care after graduating and when he sits with her and takes her hand, he's checking her pulse and testing the skin for hydration, talking to her gives him a good idea of her understanding of what's going on in the world, while she's talking he's listening to her breathing. That's training and should be part of every carer in every Home.
    Oh, look a pig just flew past!

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    1. Jah Teh, your mother's doc is very impressive. I don't think it should and will be a case of a pig flying past. We have to be optimistic.

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  6. In the UK, care homes are now mostly run by the Asian community. They saw an opportunity, and plunged right in. They are now so expensive that it's better for an ailing pensioner to commit some quite serious crime, and be sent to prison; where the care is probably far better (and free).

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    1. Cro, the same has happened here. From my understanding, the local council is more involved in publically funded aged care for pensioners at least in Britain, and it depends very much on which county you live in.

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  7. If politicians themselves, or any of their family members, ended up in a poorly run, abusive care home, there would be many changes and those changes would be made faster than any other law that gets pushed through in a hurry because they all want to leave the country for the summer.

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    1. River, while that is quite true, having private and posh nursing home is no guarantee about anything.

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    2. That's also true. What's needed is far better training and only hiring those with compassion. They all need to remember that the elderly should be treated as you yourself would want to be treated in the same situation. it's what I did for all my elderly customers and why they all loved me and would wait in line at my checkout rather than move to a newly opened one.

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  8. Try to get a few thousand dollars for a good local cause out of Governments and they cry no funds available but if they feel pressured on a matter they will commit billions on a Royal Commission at the drop of a proverbial hat.

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    1. Victor, hopefully not billions, but your point is sound.

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  9. It's heartbreaking to hear what goes on in some aged care facilities...it is also anger-making.

    It's 2018, for god's sake...one would think...have hoped...that our treatment of our fellowman would have have improved a million times over by now!!!

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    1. Lee, it can't be too hard. Government run places can be good if the management is good. I don't know why care for the elderly has to be handed over to profit making companies?

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  10. There is always money for all kind of things even going on the moon but taking care of old people that costs too much ! Always the same everywhere !

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    1. Gattina, I think your country does better with aged care. Old people paid a lot of taxes when they were younger, and many still do. They are owed decent care.

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  11. I saw two instances of brutality in all the years I visited my grandparents in a care home. As I walked into my paternal grandmother's room, she was sitting on a chair while a nurse was lying across her legs, pushing granny's false teeth into her throat. My grandmother was screaming but I did nothing, except telling dad.

    The second event, many years later, did not involve my own grandmother, but her neighbours in the care home. Three residents were standing up on chairs, hanging curtains in the large large room and having a ball being busy and useful. The director of the care home charged in from her office, pulled the three elderly off the chairs they were standing on and dumped them on the ground in tears. This time I immediately called the board of management to have the director banned from the care home.

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    1. Hels, that was an awful childhood experience.

      Yes, I can imagine the person in your second example panicking about duty of care, or whatever it was back then. But I recall R telling me that at times people in care must be allowed to put themselves at risk at times up to a point, as everyone does very often.

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  12. Well said Andrew. So much money wasted. It makes me so angry to think of dreadful things happening to people who should at this time of their lives be better looked after. After all, we wouldn't exist without them.

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    1. Grace, anger and sadness. Nor would our society exist if not for them.

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  13. It's really terrible care here too for elderly, almost all of it people stuck in beds mostly wailing for help, wanting to die, while the last bits of government medicare are stripped to profit owners, certainly not underpaid overworked employees.

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    1. Strayer, I fear we are going down the road of your model, and it doesn't sound good.

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