A loss of freedoms

Updated April 23 2018 - 11:31pm, first published December 28 2014 - 5:45pm

A challenge our society faces is looking after our elderly. Autonomy, a quintessential part of freedom, is lost when people enter residential aged care. No mandated staff-to-resident ratio exists, which leads to companies having as few staff as possible to cost-cut, leading to a lack of holistic care such as entertainment and socialising programs. People are not consulted on the times of activities carers have to assist with, so can be forced into the shower or into bed or taken to the toilet at times that they do not want.

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