Elderly man in wheelchair left online in aged care home

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation have released evidence demonstrating that minimum staffing ratios in aged care facilities will improve the wellbeing of residents as well providing economic benefits. 

The findings also note the potential dangers of not implementing minimum staffing laws, citing that the situation in residential care homes will continue to deteriorate if nothing is done to support elderly residents. 

With reports circulating of elder abuse, inexperienced staff and appalling conditions within aged care facilities, The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation found that there was an unacceptable gap in care that was being covered up by the privately owned facilities. 

The findings also include some poignant recommendations to kick start the process of introducing better ratios, including wage increases of 10-15% for nurses and care workers and working closely with regional and rural facilities to maintain a high standard during the recruitment process. 

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