Stop the world – I want to get off is the title of a musical created in the 1960s.
Some 55 years later as we become globally enmeshed in a pandemic the like of which none of us has experienced before, one could be forgiven for wanting to shout those words from the roof tops.
I don’t need to remind you of the enormity of the task ahead of every organisation in every industry sector – particularly those in a sector I am so fond of and have given over half of my career to. I won’t belabour the size of the task ahead of you. But I do want to ask the rhetorical questions in this group – are we doing enough in our aged care sector to make an impact?
For providers – if you could get hold of adequate supplies of personal protective clothing and equipment, are you considering gloving, gowning, and masking all your front-line care staff? Are you having a skilled Registered Nurse meet and greet every visitor and taking a temperature prior to allowing a visitor, contractor, family member, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission staff member enter the facility?
For the Australian government – Department of Health and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission – have you increased the ACFI rate per resident per day, or introduced a coronavirus supplement to cover the cost of additional medical supplies, staffing supplies, and loss of revenue when facilities empty due to untimely death of residents? Have you considered the financial risk and impact of failure of the RAD scheme?
Why these specific questions?Continue reading “COVID-19 – What more needs to be done in our aged care system?”