Australia has strict ratios for child care. However, there are no ratios for aged care to ensure our elderly get the care they need.
Aged care is one of Australia’s most rapidly expanding sectors.
Evidence shows residents are currently receiving around 2 hours and 50 minutes of care per a day when they actually need about 4 hours and 18 minutes2.
Over the last 13 years, chronic understaffing has seen a 400% increase in preventable deaths of elderly Australians in aged care, with hundreds dying from falls, choking and suicide3.
Australia has an ageing population. People are living longer and entering residential aged care facilities with more complex health issues.
The federal government needs to do more to ensure our grandparents, parents and loved ones receive the care they need and deserve.