Day 6 into the third series of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety involved another panel full of aged care workers from the sector talking about the need for staffing ratios, lack of time to provide good care, better encouragement for education around dementia, and the inclusion of diversional therapy in aged care facilities.
The aged care professionals panel consisted of Assistant-In-Nursing (AIN) staff, Susan Walton and Suzanne Wilson; a retired Diversional Therapist (DT), Maggie Bain; and a current Registered Nurse (RN), who was only referred to as Elizabeth throughout the entire proceedings.
Each panel member gave insight into their daily work routines, which involved inadequate staffing, no time to provide good care to multiple people, especially people with dementia; education not being a priority for staff, and an obvious gap between people who manage money in facilities and the people who deliver care…
SOURCE: Liz Alderslade. “ROYAL COMMISSION: No time, no extra staff and little diversional therapy.” Aged Care Guide, May 2019.
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