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Blog posts about avoidable errors and high costs
Abuse is more common that most people realise. Aged care training courses are paid to accept AND pass students, no matter how unsuitable they are. The health bureaucracy blocks complaints and hides information on reported errors. The victims are elderly and frail patients.
At a recent Peak15 meetup, aged care providers showed more interest in quality of life for their elderly clients than trendy technology. They also passion for their work and a commitment for ongoing reform.
Aged care problems and startup solutions were discussed at the latest Peak15 meetup.
87% of relatives support the use of closed circuit tv in nursing homes. We all need to face the issues of elder abuse, and seek out solutions.
An elderly man was admitted to a private nursing home. One month later he was dead. After five years of investigations, no one has been held accountable.
Statistics indicating major trends
- What percent of Australians have stated they would like to die peacefully, at home? 70%
- Approximately what percent of Australians actually die painful and undignified deaths in hospitals? 55%
- What percent of patients over the age of 60 were found to still suffer some cognitive deficits one year after a general anaesthetic? – French study 76%
- In a study of Australian hospital patients, what percent had not documented their end of life wishes, until 3 days before they actually died? 77%
- What percent of total health funding in Australia is paid directly by individuals – co pays, or out of pocket costs? 20%
A brief summary
Major problems to avoid
- Avoiding dying in an Intensive Care Unit, having painful and futile medical treatments, is a number one priority for elderly people.
- Reducing the risks of getting dementia, and suffering the loss of independence and dignity that it brings, is another.
- For profit nursing homes, sub-standard nursing staff and cover ups of abuse, is another.
Positive things to seek out
- Public debate about mistreatment of elderly people is rising, and the private nursing home sector is now facing public ratings like any other business.
- Brave individuals including Doctors, are lobbying for laws that make it a crime to help someone die in peace, to be changed.
- Affordable robots, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence are bringing accurate home monitoring, keeping elderly people in touch with family and staying independent for much longer.
- Innovative concepts like students living with elderly people for free board, in return for part-time carers work, offer a win-win for both the young and the elderly.