The warehousing of our most vulnerable… older people who need assisted living, and people with dementia has consistently failed them. In Australia there is a Royal Commission into this; however I’d suggest the Coronavirus has highlighted this much more than the #ACRC.
The current Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted this, perhaps more than ever before. Sadly, even though there is a Royal Commission on this in Australia, many have been disinterested, including journalists. We are obviously not sexy enough…
In a recent Guardian Opinion article, How did we end up turning our care homes into jails of enforced by , it highlights what I’ve been saying for over a decade.
She looked like a prisoner. And in a way, that’s probably what she was.
In 2014 in a blog I wrote on human rights in residential aged care, I received a lot of very negative pushback privately, especially from owners of nursing homes, and people working in aged care. Of course, I accept no one goes to work wanting to do harm; it’s mostly the system that is broken.
But we must continue to question why it’s still ‘okay’ to warehouse people in institutional accomodation, and worse, then segregate people with dementia.
Many Aged Care facility owners are currently roughting funding opportunities made available during the COVID outbreak, which we can read about in an article by Dr Sarah Russell, Aged care operators exploit lockdown to squeeze more grants from Government!
As I’ve said before, it is usually purse-centred care, over person centred care.
In 2011 when my father in law was still alive and ‘living’ in a nursing home, I questioned myself and society in general:
Is this the best we can do for our loved ones? Why aren’t we prepared to make sacrifices for our loved ones any more? Is it because we have become far too selfish and needy of the trappings of a good life, or simply need the sense of self that comes from working outside of our families?
At times like this, looking in the mirror is difficult… but oh so necessary.