Psychotropic drugs are being over-used in Australian aged-care facilities to chemically restrain residents, according to both researchers and several government reports. But despite all this attention, little is being done to reduce their use.
Reviews by specially-trained pharmacists of the medication taken by elderly people have been funded by the federal government for over 15 years now. But a secret deal followed by a sudden announcement by the Pharmacy Guild means the service will now be limited.
Aged Care Crisis is concerned that there is no public disclosure when entities apply for approved provider status. Members of the community are neither encouraged, nor given the opportunity to object, to a particular provider or to supply information which might be extremely pertinent.
The Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) has a reputation for being secretive and obstructive. Aged Care Crisis’s (ACC) experience defied belief. It shows just how difficult it is to get any type of information in aged care.
Aged Care Crisis wrote to the Minister questioning the astonishing revelations of NO staff rostered to look after residents in a Queensland nursing home.
Last night ABC’s Lateline discussed the case of 63-year-old John Burns, who died within 12 days of going into residential aged care. Burns was put into care after he started to display disinhibited sexual behaviour, and was prescribed anti-psychotics soon after.