The ANMF is calling on all politicians in the next federal election to make aged care reform a priority and announce laws that require staff ratios in every aged care facility and implement the key recommendation of the Aged Care Royal Commission. Without key reform elderly Australians and their families will continue to suffer.
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4 KEY ACTIONS TO FIX AGED CARE
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Final Report made 148 recommendations for wide scale reform of the aged care system.
There are four areas supported by the Commissioners’ recommendations which are critical to ensure safety and quality across the sector and importantly must be addressed by the government to achieve the necessary change in aged care.
At least one registered nurse on-site, at every nursing home across Australia 24 hours per day, that is across all shifts – day, evening and night shifts.
- Recommendation 86: Minimum staff time standard for residential care (Points 3 and 5)
Immediate implementation, that is 1 July 2022, of a minimum staff time standard for at least 200 minutes of care per resident per day for the average resident, with at least 40 minutes of that staff time provided by a registered nurse.
An uplift in legislated minimum care hours to at least 215 minutes of care per resident per day for the average resident, with at least 44 minutes of that staff time provided by a registered nurse from 1 July 2023.
- Recommendation 86: Minimum staff time standard for residential care (Points 2 and 4)
Legislated transparency and accountability measures for use of taxpayers’ funding which guarantee that funding is tied directly to care provision and staffing levels.
- Recommendation 120: Casemix-adjusted activity based funding in residential aged care
- Recommendation 133: More stringent financial reporting requirements (Points 1 and 2)
- Recommendation 124: Standardised statements on services delivered (Point 2)
- Recommendation 24: Star ratings performance information for people seeking care (Points 1 and 2)
- Recommendation 122: Reporting of staffing hours (Points 1 and 2)
Wage increases and improvements in conditions for the aged care workforce, commencing with support and a commitment to fund the 25% wage increase being sought in the current work value case before the Fair Work Commission.
- Recommendation 80: Dementia and palliative care training for workers
- Recommendation 84: Increases in award wages
- Recommendation 81: Ongoing professional development of the aged care workforce
- Recommendation 110: Amendments to residential aged care indexation arrangements (Point 1)
STAFF RATIOS IS NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK
The Aged Care Royal Commission recognised that the aged care sector’s most precious resource is its dedicated and caring workforce, which, because of long standing systemic failings, has simply not been supported to do its job.
The final report
There are many ingredients that enable the provision of high quality and safe aged care, but it cannot be achieved without the sector having enough staff with the skills and time to care.
With almost 60% of residents in nursing homes experiencing an unacceptably low level of staffing, the report recommends that staffing ratios should be introduced to ensure that there are sufficient nursing and other care staff present at all times in residential aged care.
This means guaranteeing enough workers to provide high quality and safe, person centred care and increasing the proportion of qualified staff, such as nurses and allied health workers.
Staff ratios for aged care, it’s not too much to ask.