Protecting the elderly
The COVID-19 death toll in aged-care homes is spiking. Protocols need to urgently be put in place to prevent infection, but there also needs to be detailed plans for when an outbreak occurs.
Preventing nursing home suicides
Expanding suicide prevention frameworks to include aged care residents, aligning nursing home life with community living, and improving residents' access to mental heath services is a good start.
Restraint of the aged
Regulating physical restraint of the elderly in nursing homes is a step in the right direction, but more still needs to be done to educate the sector on alternatives.
Too late for the old
By the time the aged care royal commission's recommendations lead to improvements in our nursing homes, four cohorts of residents will have died. Here's why.
Dignity of risk – when living better means living longer
Society’s perception of aged care must change from being a place of protection to a place where people actually live – and that means more autonomy for residents.
Too many Australians living in nursing homes take their own lives
Around 140 Australian nursing-home residents have taken their own lives between 2000 and 2013, our new study shows
Tackling truck drivers asleep at the wheel
A new study aims to identify periods of increased sleepiness to reduce the risk of fatigue-related accidents on our roads.
Resident-on-resident aggression under the microscope
Rising dementia in the nursing home population means violent behaviours will increasingly be an issue.