Saturday, August 20, 2011

‘Caring For Older Australians’ Raises Question about Elderly Care

Elderly-CareCaring for Older Australians has notified that by 2050, nearly a quarter of Australians will be over 65 and has raised concerns on how this population will be cared.
There are two primary levels of care within aged care facilities where low care indicates a facility that provides assistance with dressing, showering, mobility, eating, medication and rehabilitation support services. On the other hand, 'High care' facilities are drafted for aged persons living with greater needs.
An elderly person, Mr. Evans, who is on the waiting list at two facilities in Mildura, has no idea that he will be able to the transition to one of these facilities, even after 12 weeks in a hospital bed.

The Services Manager at Mildura Base Hospital, Angela Imms, has marked the issue as common scenario and claimed to acknowledge similar cases every week. Further, Angela Imms, who is accountable for making sure patients, are discharged to an appropriate place, said that there are at least five or six patients awaiting nursing home placements at this stage that have been 12 weeks or longer in the hospital.
"Historically people used to think that coming into hospital actually enhanced their chances of getting into a nursing home; that's not the case anymore, that doesn't happen”, added Angela Imms. "When a person comes into hospital, that'sclassified as a safe environment for them to be in and this, is part of the Aged CareAssessment Teams referral process."