Aged care provides support to older people to help them with everyday living and other needs.
In 2018-19, the Australian Government spent $19.9 billion on aged care. More than 100,000 people receive home care packages and 2 out of 3 people are receiving aged care basic support at home.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety tabled its final report in the Australian Parliament on 1 March 2021. The Report noted substandard care and abuse pervades the Australian aged care system.
Substandard care can occur in both routine areas of care, like food, medication management and skincare, as well as in complex care, such as the management of chronic conditions, dementia, or palliation. Substandard care can also take the form of deliberate acts of harm and forms of abuse—including physical and sexual abuse and abuse from inappropriate restrictive practices. Abuse is an extreme example of substandard care and reaches into the realm of criminal behaviour.
The Report further noted, the abuse of older people in residential care is far from uncommon: