The researches find that aged care worker Jessica said she no longer has leisure time because she ; therefore needs to reserve her energy for upcoming shifts. She works 16-hour days several times a fortnight ; and often stays back once she has finished work to help relieve staff pressure. Because Implement a series of new standards for aged care facilities which workers believe will add even more stress to an already demanding job.

Help relieve staff pressure

This will be the first standard upgrade in 20 years; with a strong focus on consumer choice and day-to-day support systems. They aim to increase the level of personal and clinical care provided to aged care residents across the country. Therefore A spokesperson from the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission said service providers must help aged consumers understand their new rights before July .

Workers say that while these standards may look good on paper; improvements cannot be made until staffing issues are addressed.  According to the Health Services Union; under staffing is the number one issue for aged care workers. As the Aged Care Royal Commission continues its investigations; Health Services Union Aged Care manager Rob Sheehy said it was an important time to shine a light on these underlying problems.

Health Services Union

The union hoped this investigation would encourage the government to make aged care legislation and funding a priority. A panel of three nurses and a diversional therapist gave evidence to the commission on Wednesday; saying their roles were plagued by under staffing and that regularly had to do unpaid overtime.

In answer to a question from counsel assisting Paul Bolster about why chemical restraints were used; registered nurse Elizabeth  said it ultimately came down to not having enough staff. “It’s really confronting and unsavoury to physically restrain people and I can’t think of a time where it should be happening at all;” she said.

Unsavoury to physically

Aged care workers usually need to help residents shower, toilet, eat and dress themselves. Some residents may need two staff members to look after them at any given time, increasing the pressure when staff numbers were low. “In a morning shift there’s about three staff to 20 people and in high care; lots of those people need to have two staff members to one person at all times,” Chloe said. The aged care workers said it was a “passion job” and people should not be in the industry if they did not love what they do.