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Death in a five star nursing home – Background Briefing – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The deaths of two nursing home residents with dementia have raised serious questions about the regulation of the aged care sector, and despite damning findings from two coroners, the nursing homes remain fully accredited. Anne Connolly reports.

The government is increasingly encouraging elderly Australians to stay at home for as long as possible, which means that when they do enter a nursing home, they are sicker and more frail than ever before.

Despite nursing home residents needing more specialist care for their complex needs, critics say nursing homes are employing staff with less training and asking them to take on greater responsibility.

Perhaps the accreditation methods need more scrutiny – how can every home get 100%? Or maybe they need more independent assessors? Either way something is very off in the Aged Care industry.

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