To: Ken Wyatt, Minister for Aged Care

Fix aged care now!

Our aged care system is broken. It is expensive and understaffed, and our loved ones are not receiving the quality care they need.

At the moment there are no rules to ensure there are enough nurses to look after our loved ones in residential care. This has to change.

We need more nurses and carers in aged care now. We need legislated ratios for our loved ones living in private or not-for-profit nursing homes. Having at least a minimum number of nurses and carers on every shift would help ensure that residents and workers are safe.

We need ratios in private aged care now.

Why is this important?

I have seen the crisis in private aged care firsthand.

My mum spent her last years there, and died in aged care one week short of her 90th birthday.

It was devastating for us to see how she was looked after. The number of times I visited her and she was sitting in a sopping wet chair or wet clothes. She'd say I've been trying to call out to the people walking past and no one's coming in. It wasn't their fault - they were understaffed.

The hardest thing was to see my mum suffering, it was really difficult. I know old age is not going to be easy for me, but I hope that I don't have to suffer in the same way that she did.

I remember going to visit my mum one afternoon, and she said every time I sit down it really hurts. She was in so much pain. It took more than six weeks to find out that she had a bed sore the size of a fifty cent piece - and only when I got her GP to come to the nursing home.

My mum deserved better.

I am campaigning for legislated ratios to ensure our loved ones living in private or not-for-profit nursing homes have at least a minimum number of nurses and carers on every shift to ensure they are safe.

Updates

2018-07-06 12:40:07 +1000

25 signatures reached

2018-06-23 19:59:56 +1000

10 signatures reached