Aged care advocates can't wait for Royal Commission

September 18, 2018

Aged care advocates say reform to the industry cannot afford to wait for the outcome of a royal commission, and the Federal Government needs to act to establish minimum staff-to-resident ratios to protect elderly Australians in care.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says there are some simple fixes that could be introduced immediately after a crowd-sourced investigation by the ABC has revealed staff are under pressure in nursing homes across the country, with reports of residents abandoned in their beds for hours, restricted access to continence pads and poor-quality food.

The ABC investigation, saw current and former aged care workers reveal the chronic neglect, mistreatment and understaffing in facilities across the country.

The Older Persons Advocacy Network has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement on Sunday of a royal commission into aged care, but says the findings may not be seen for two years.

Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News there are a number of common sense measures which could instantly fix many of the problems in aged care.

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