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VICTORIANS would no doubt have been as appalled as I was on reading in an April seniors magazine that one staff member had been on duty overnight to care for 50 aged residents in a residential facility.

The following article has been written by the daughter of a resident who lived in a federally funded Australian nursing home. The intent of the article is meant as a warning for baby boomers. The writer offers some tips and hints to consider, as well as a personal perspective based on the resident's experience. The article should be read with this in mind. It needs no further introduction. For obvious reasons the name of the author is withheld and forgotten.

In April 2007, Minister Pyne (who was Ageing Minister at the time), announced that the Aged Care Complaints Resolution Scheme would be replaced with a new Office of Aged Care Quality and Compliance and an Aged Care Commissioner. Rhonda Parker was appointed as the new Commissioner for Complaints from 1 May 2007.

This is a speech given by Rhonda Parker on the 24 September 2009 at a conference.

[ The University of Melbourne Voice Vol. 3, No. 8 13 October - 10 November 2008 ]
By Janine Sim-Jones

On any given day around 160 000 Australians live in residential care – they are rarely, if ever – asked what kind of environment would best suit them.

As an aged care bureaucrat Ralph Hampson visited a lot of nursing homes and admits he saw “some pretty terrible places”.

It's 2005. Your loved ones dementia is deteriorating much further than first suspected and you discover that the public trustee has already taken financial control of your loved ones partner, who is also suffering dementia, without notification. 17 years of shared funds simply disappear, leaving one with close to $100,000 and the other with less than $20,000.