With no mandated staff resident ratios in aged care facilities across Australia our elders are at risk of neglect.
We require the government to mandate staff/ resident ratios for all aged care facilities across Australia, to protect our elders, to keep them safe from neglect and to be cared for with dignity and respect in the manner they deserve.
In many aged care homes across Australia it is not unusual for one staff member to care for 20 or more residents, this is particularly dangerous at night with residents waiting for long periods to receive the care they urgently need by overoverstretched carers and nurses who feel that they can never get the job done.
There are mandated staffing levels in child care centres, kindergartens, schools and hospitals. They cater for people with different levels of need in different locations. Why should vulnerable frail, older people miss out on this protection?
As with childcare, mandated staff resident ratios for aged care facilities across Australia are imperative for the protection and care of our valuable, vulnerable elderly citizens.