Your Say

The following article was written by a person with a loved one in a nursing home. It illustrates the direction that aged care is taking in a competitive 'market' - how residents in many homes are cared for by people whose prime interest is how much money can be squeezed from the care of the residents. It needs no further introduction. For obvious reasons, the name of the author is withheld and forgotten.

The author of this article, Joanne Bryant, is an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse who works in various city based hospitals in Australia, as well as travelling and working in rural hospitals. Joanne is passionate about her profession, and concerned about the neglect of patients like Tom, and to point the finger at the deficiencies in nurse education which is compounding neglect.

In light of fresh allegations of abuse and neglect in aged care, we can only wonder why, in 10 years to 2015, systemic issues of elder abuse and neglect remain firmly entrenched in aged care.

My World Now: Life in a nursing home, from the inside: This is my world now. It's all I have left. You see, I'm old. And, I'm not as healthy as I use to be. I'm not necessarily happy with it but I accept it. Occasionally, a member of my family will stop in to see me. He or she will bring me some flowers or a little present, maybe a set of slippers - I've got 8 pair. We'll visit for awhile and then they will return to the outside world and I'll be alone again.

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