Survey reveals shocking and widespread abuse in aged care facilities

    More than 10,000 elderly people could be subject to physical abuse

      • Sector News
    • 22.12.20

    Nearly 40 percent of residents in aged care facilities have been abused, data released by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has revealed. 

    The data was calculated using responses to a survey of 391 aged care residents in 67 homes. Questions were related to their quality of life, level of cares and concerns or complaints about the facility where they lived.

    From the responses received, the Royal Commission inferred that :

    • 31% of respondents experienced neglect
    • 5% reported having been physically abused, which included people being roughly treated by staff, restrained, or not being allowed out of their bed, chair or room
    • 23% of residents experienced emotional or psychological abuse, including feeling like they were being treated like children, being shouted at, or not having their concerns listened to

    Over 200,000 Australians currently live in aged care facilities, which means more than 10,000 elderly people could be subject to physical abuse.

    Commenting on the study, Joe Ibrahim, Head of the Health, Law and Ageing Research Unit at Monash University said that regulators and the Government must do more to set standards that address these widespread issues.

    ABC News: Almost 40 per cent of residents in aged care facilities have been abused, data released by royal commission shows

    Maybo perspective

    The number of cases of abuse in care settings is alarming. Often through our training, we have found that many carers do not recognise that some of their actions are restrictive, such as limiting a person's ability to move around, do things for themselves or listen to their concerns appropriately.

    Our courses are specifically designed for people supporting older adults and people living with dementia. They start with an understanding of human rights and how to recognise and reduce restrictive practices, with a focus on specific models of communication and de-escalation for people with cognitive impairment. You can find out more here: click here

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