Former aged care worker admits taking $132k from elderly resident

Former aged care worker admits taking $132k from elderly resident

A former employee of an aged care home has pleaded guilty to using her position as an elderly resident's power of attorney to take more than $132,000 from the woman's bank accounts.Key points:Kaylene Stanborough, 52, took money from the account of an elderly resident of the aged care home where she workedMore than $132,000 was…
So many stories from aged care. These are the ones that shocked us the most

So many stories from aged care. These are the ones that...

It was billed as the "opportunity of a lifetime".And as senior counsel assisting said in the final hearings of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Royal Commission last week, it is "the most in-depth and thorough examination of Australia's aged care systems that has ever been undertaken".The QCs have presented more than 120 recommendations detailing…
The Howard-era memo that led to thousands waiting for aged care funding today

The Howard-era memo that led to thousands waiting for aged care...

A 10-page memo to John Howard's cabinet decades ago foreshadowed an aged care system weighed down by waiting lists and funding shortages.Key points:A 1997 memo introduced the idea of quotas on aged care places if the system became too expensiveThe idea was raised as the Howard government overhauled the aged care systemQuotas have become pervasive,…
Governments have failed to implement changes in aged care system, royal commission hears

Governments have failed to implement changes in aged care system, royal...

Inquiries and reports into the state of aged care in Australia have often either not been acted on, or not acted on fully or quickly, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has heard.Key points:The commission heard successive Australian governments have shown a lack of willingness to commit to changes recommended by numerous…
It was a polite disagreement, but in royal commission terms it might as well have been a bar brawl

It was a polite disagreement, but in royal commission terms it...

An extraordinary scene played out in the final hearings of the historic Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety yesterday.It may have looked like a minor difference of opinion, but the public split between the two key people deciding the future for our elderly shows just how controversial real reform is going to be.At…
Joseph Ibrahim says the recommendations don’t go far enough

Joseph Ibrahim says the recommendations don’t go far enough

Email Posted October 22, 2020 17:14:56 The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is hearing the final submissions after a two-year-long inquiry — it has heard reports of violence, abuse, neglect and malnourishment in Australian aged care homes. Source: ABC News | Duration: 4min Topics: aged-care, royal-commissions, australia
50 sexual assaults a week of aged care residents across the country, royal commission told

50 sexual assaults a week of aged care residents across the...

The Royal Commission into Aged Care has been told there are an estimated 50 sexual assaults a week in aged care facilities across the country.Key points:The commission heard there had been an estimated 2,520 incidents of "unlawful sexual contact" in 2018-19It also heard there was a clear connection between staffing levels and quality of care…
Burnie aged care workers call for more staff ahead of border reopening

Burnie aged care workers call for more staff ahead of border...

An aged care worker in Tasmania's north-west says the home he is employed at is seriously understaffed and he is worried how it will fill shifts in the event of another coronavirus outbreak in the region.Key points:A Burnie aged care worker says understaffing at OneCare Umina Park is not being addressedHe doesn't know how extra…
The Great Race’s first winner harks back to a tough track and the tough car that took him to victory

The Great Race’s first winner harks back to a tough track...

The Bathurst 1000 is arguably Australia's most famous race, the equivalent of the footy grand final for rev heads.Key points:Frank Coad and John Roxburgh were the first winners of the 1960 Armstrong 500, the original Great RaceThe original Bathurst 1000 was held at Phillip Island and was moved in 1963 due to track issuesThe race…
Some aged care homes have kept visitors coming during COVID-19. This is how they did it

Some aged care homes have kept visitors coming during COVID-19. This...

Many Australians have been forced to stay away from elderly family members living in care during COVID-19, but some aged care homes have found ways to keep the virus out while allowing visitors in.Key points:Arthur Sherman's aged care provider has allowed visits from his daughter Kerrie Foord throughout the pandemicVisitors must go through a COVID-19…
‘We needed to act quickly’: How Ballarat’s Aboriginal community shielded elders from the virus

‘We needed to act quickly’: How Ballarat’s Aboriginal community shielded elders...

In one of the bombshells of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, this month it found the Federal Government's efforts to prepare the sector for COVID-19 were "insufficient".Key points:In March, BADAC moved immediately to protect local elders from coronavirusMany elders were afraid to have care workers visit for fear of infectionCommunity workers…
Dear Victorian Government: What was your bit again?

Dear Victorian Government: What was your bit again?

So, esteemed members of the Victorian Government: We've done our bit, have you done yours?We've locked down and stayed inside. We've kept kids at home and stayed away from elderly parents. We haven't travelled. We haven't gone to work. We've shopped twice a day and exercised once. We've largely done it in good spirits and…
Coronavirus restrictions to be eased in Queensland from this afternoon

Coronavirus restrictions to be eased in Queensland from this afternoon

Queensland is easing four more coronavirus restrictions from this afternoon after a 36-day stretch of no community transmissions — two people tested positive in the past 24 hours but both are in hotel quarantine.Key points:Year 12 students will be permitted to dance at formals starting at 4:00pm todayUp to 40 people will be able to…
Canungra shop owner Krystal Turner and her “butt nuggets” for giveaway

Canungra shop owner Krystal Turner and her “butt nuggets” for giveaway

Email Posted October 16, 2020 09:22:14 Canungra vintage shop owner Krystal Turner and a dozen "butt nuggets" ready for giveaway By Cathy Border Topics: fashion, age-6-8, animals-and-nature, painting, small-business, carers, aged-care, happiness, self-employment, unemployment, welfare, women, youth, art-and-design, hair, people, vegetable-fruit-nuts, house-and-home, rural-women, vegetable-crops, canungra-4275
Krystal Turner’s special egg carton

Krystal Turner’s special egg carton

Email Posted October 16, 2020 09:22:14 Decorated eggs or "butt nuggets" by Krystal Turner's children Maximus and Finnegan By Related Link: Border Cathy Topics: painting, hospitality, tourism, small-business, aged-care, charities, happiness, regional, welfare, diet-and-nutrition, hair, offbeat, people, food-and-cooking, agricultural-crops, farm-labour, poultry-and-egg-production, rural-women, birds, canungra-4275
Aged care regulator spends $29k on legal advice for COVID-19 Freedom of Information request

Aged care regulator spends $29k on legal advice for COVID-19 Freedom...

The agency responsible for regulating the aged care sector spent nearly $30,000 hiring a top-tier law firm to respond to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from ABC News. Key points:The aged care regulator spent $28,900 seeking legal advice on FOI requestsIt defended the cost, arguing it was in relation to "multiple" enquiriesThe regulator has…
‘Treated with contempt’: Sudden closure of Inglewood Aged Care Service leaves families furious

‘Treated with contempt’: Sudden closure of Inglewood Aged Care Service leaves...

Elderly residents have been given three weeks to move out of a rural aged care home and their families say they have been let down by the charity provider.Key points:Churches of Christ in Queensland will close its Inglewood Aged Care Service at the end of the monthThe not-for-profit has repeatedly assured council and local families…
Aged care home found to have ineffective plans to deal with potential COVID-19 outbreak

Aged care home found to have ineffective plans to deal with...

Staff at an aged care home in southern Queensland wore soiled cloth masks and were not given face shields, the federal aged care watchdog has found.Key points:Staff were using soiled masks at the TriCare Aged Care home in Toowoomba during an inspection in August The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission also found infection control…
‘A disgrace and a scam’: How some Australians really feel about the Federal Budget

‘A disgrace and a scam’: How some Australians really feel about...

After coronavirus caused months of delays, the 2020 Federal Budget has finally been released.In a year of social, emotional and financial turmoil for many Australians, plenty of people were eagerly awaiting the possibility of some extra support.We asked our Facebook Messenger subscribers how the Budget would affect them, whether they were happy with it and…
Like many Australians, Paull’s best chance of getting in-home care is to ‘wait for someone to die’

Like many Australians, Paull’s best chance of getting in-home care is...

Paull Garrett describes himself as "a happy sort of chappy", who often tells people that it "doesn't matter what cards God deals you, you have to learn to handle the pack".Key points:The Federal Budget allocated $1.6 billion to create an extra 23,000 home care packagesDepartment of Health figures show 28,000 people died while on the…
Who’s eligible for the $250 cash payments announced in last night’s Budget?

Who’s eligible for the $250 cash payments announced in last night’s...

Cash payments totalling $500 are about to line the pockets of around 5.1 million pensioners and other eligible recipients. The two $250 payments were announced as part of the Federal Budget handed down by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Tuesday night.They're due to set the Government back $2.6 billion over three years from the 2020/2021 tax…
Federal Budget to include cash payments worth $500 for pensioners

Federal Budget to include cash payments worth $500 for pensioners

Email Posted October 06, 2020 23:42:51 Two $250 payments — to be paid in December this year and March next year — will come as Australia contends with its first recession in almost three decades. Source: ABC News | Duration: 1min 13sec Topics: budget, business-economics-and-finance, federal-government, epidemics-and-pandemics, aged-care, australia
$500 payments for families and pensioners to be revealed in tonight’s budget

$500 payments for families and pensioners to be revealed in tonight’s...

Aged, carer, family and disability welfare recipients will receive $500 in cash payments in the next five months, in a move the Federal Government hopes will stimulate the Australian economy.Key points:Cash payments will be paid in December this year and March, 2021Both payments will be $250 The payments are part of the Federal Budget, which…

Royal commission finds faults in aged care coronavirus response

The Federal Government's actions were "insufficient" to ensure the aged care sector was fully prepared for the coronavirus pandemic, the aged care royal commission has found in a special report.Key points:The royal commission has called on the Government to develop a comprehensive plan for COVID-19 in the sectorIt has found government actions were "insufficient" to…
On the greatest crisis the aged care sector has ever faced, the Government is wildly at odds with the royal commission

On the greatest crisis the aged care sector has ever faced,...

Back in August, the Prime Minister bristled at the scathing critique of his government before the Aged Care Royal Commission. Counsel Assisting the Commission, Peter Rozen, QC, had not held back in summing up where the Government had failed heading into this pandemic.When the criticism was put to Scott Morrison, he dismissed it. "This is…
Frail, elderly residents locked in rooms for almost a month following COVID scare

Frail, elderly residents locked in rooms for almost a month following...

Elderly residents at an aged care facility in northern Victoria have been under strict lockdown orders for almost a month, despite returning negative COVID-19 tests.Key points:More than 100 elderly residents have spent almost a month locked in their rooms in a Shepparton aged home after a COVID-19 scare17 confirmed cases were linked to the facility,…
Morwell nursing home in lockdown as resident tests positive for COVID

Morwell nursing home in lockdown as resident tests positive for COVID

A resident of Mitchell House in Morwell in eastern Victoria has tested positive for COVID-19, with the nursing home saying the facility is now in lockdown. "Anyone who has been in close contact with the resident has been ordered into home quarantine in accordance with government directives," a spokesman said. Mitchell House said the facility…
The Morrison Government can’t rely on promises to get us through this

The Morrison Government can’t rely on promises to get us through...

Governments aren't very good at spending money. It's a comment that jaded voters who regularly find themselves yelling at the television wouldn't find particularly controversial.But we're not talking in this instance about governments not being very good at spending money in the sense of the time-immemorial charges that governments squander taxpayers' money in self-aggrandising schemes…
Drop in quality checks on aged homecare providers despite $6.5 million funding, inquiry told

Drop in quality checks on aged homecare providers despite $6.5 million...

Quality checks on aged homecare providers have declined, despite the watchdogs responsible being given at least $6.5 million to hire more assessors, a royal commission has heard.Key points:Documents reveal 181 aged homecare quality reviews were done between April and June 2019The number fell to 24 reviews between July and September this yearMillions of dollars more…
Opposition urges Government to implement recommendations

Opposition urges Government to implement recommendations

Email Posted October 02, 2020 09:24:02 The Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors, Julie Collins, says the says the Government must act on recommendations as soon as possible. Source: ABC News | Duration: 1min 47sec Topics: aged-care, epidemics-and-pandemics, government-and-politics, qld
Aged care sector welcomes royal commission report, but one prominent advocate calls it ‘underdone’

Aged care sector welcomes royal commission report, but one prominent advocate...

The Aged Care Royal Commission's special report on the response to COVID-19 has been well received by peak bodies representing providers and older Australians, but one prominent advocate says the report should have gone further.Key points:A man whose mother died in an aged care home says the report shows the system was not preparedOne advocate…
Joseph Ibrahim gave evidence at the inquiry

Joseph Ibrahim gave evidence at the inquiry

Email Posted October 01, 2020 18:18:48 The Federal Government's actions were "insufficient" to ensure the aged care sector was fully prepared for the coronavirus pandemic, the aged care royal commission has found in a special report. Source: ABC News | Duration: 1min 59sec Topics: royal-commissions, aged-care, australia
Aged care coronavirus preparation ‘insufficient’, royal commission finds

Aged care coronavirus preparation ‘insufficient’, royal commission finds

Email Posted October 01, 2020 17:51:38 The Federal Government's actions were 'insufficient" to ensure the aged care sector was fully prepared for the coronavirus pandemic, the aged care royal commission has found in a special report.The report calls for a comprehensive plan for the sector to be developed, and has also recommended infection control experts…
‘If it was a 3yo there’d’ be outrage’: Advocates question why elderly woman remains unidentified

‘If it was a 3yo there’d’ be outrage’: Advocates question why...

An aged care and disability advocacy group says it is outrageous and "distressing" that an elderly woman remains unidentified more than three weeks after she was left at a Sunshine Coast hospital.Key points:Though initially thought to be non-verbal, police say the woman has been communicating but is unable to say her name or where she's…
Over 650 deaths across 220 aged care homes – so where is the regulator?

Over 650 deaths across 220 aged care homes – so where...

For Sandra Morris, the death of her father from coronavirus is not the worst of it. It was the days before he died that haunt her.Key points:More than 4000 aged care residents and staff have been infected with coronavirus, leading to 657 deathsThe aged care regulator has visited just 13 per cent of nursing homes…
Australians can’t travel overseas right now, but this nursing home has found a way to take its residents around the world

Australians can’t travel overseas right now, but this nursing home has...

For an overseas trip, you would usually spend months planning every little detail, making sure you have got an up-to-date passport, planning your itinerary, packing appropriate clothing — and the list goes on.Key points:Residents at Princes Court Homes in Mildura have been travelling the world with their armchair travel programParticipants have each nominated a destination…
Health Minister Steven Miles says there were no new cases of COVID-19

Health Minister Steven Miles says there were no new cases of...

Email Posted September 24, 2020 15:57:36 The Health Minister Steven Miles has also announced visitors will be allowed in aged care homes and hospitals across Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan from Friday. Source: ABC News | Duration: 53sec Topics: epidemics-and-pandemics, infectious-diseases-other, respiratory-diseases, aged-care, states-and-territories, qld
Health union declares relationship with Victorian Government dead over Minister’s ‘incompetence’

Health union declares relationship with Victorian Government dead over Minister’s ‘incompetence’

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos is under pressure to resign after the Health Workers Union (HWU) published a scathing letter accusing her of "breathtaking incompetence" and "repeated mismanagement of the Victorian health system".Key points:HWU secretary Diana Asmar says the union's relationship with the State Government is "now officially dead"She says "the final straw" was a…
Stress on families ‘immense’ as burden of caring for dying relatives spikes under COVID

Stress on families ‘immense’ as burden of caring for dying relatives...

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed the way Victorians live, it has changed the way they are dying, with the number of families providing palliative care for loved ones at home almost doubling in some Melbourne suburbs over the past six months.Key points:The number of families caring for dying loved ones at home has…
Aged care resident’s daughter describes pain of watching father fade away over Skype

Aged care resident’s daughter describes pain of watching father fade away...

The thing Amanda Miha remembers most about her father is his sense of humour."Dad was larger than life," Ms Miha said. "Even when he was non-verbal, he was still laughing, still joking with the nurses."Tas Mihalakopoulos, 88, suffered from dementia, and had been living in an aged care facility in Melbourne's south-east since last October.Mr…
It’s six months since the PM declared a coronavirus pandemic. Here’s the report card

It’s six months since the PM declared a coronavirus pandemic. Here’s...

This week marks six months since the Prime Minister moved ahead of the World Health Organisation, and most other countries, to declare the coronavirus a pandemic. At the time, Australia believed the WHO was moving too slowly. Scott Morrison wanted to show he was ahead of the game and ready to deal with this rapidly…
Footage of dancing inside Melbourne nursing home

Footage of dancing inside Melbourne nursing home

Email Posted September 21, 2020 18:09:47 The footage shows nurses dancing without masks with elderly patients at AdventCare Whitehorse in Nunawading on September 16, 2020. Video processed September 21, 2020. Source: ABC News | Duration: 15sec Topics: epidemics-and-pandemics, aged-care, melbourne-3000
Victoria records second-lowest number of coronavirus cases in five weeks, but state told to strap in for ‘ultra-marathon’

Victoria records second-lowest number of coronavirus cases in five weeks, but...

Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the second-lowest number of daily coronavirus cases in five weeks but warned Victoria moving out of stage 4 restrictions was a long way off.Key points:There are 674 active cases in healthcare workers, up from 668 on FridayActive cases linked to aged care outbreaks have also declined by 43 to 1,689Chief…
Flying optometrist eyes retirement as ageing population sees demand soar

Flying optometrist eyes retirement as ageing population sees demand soar

A flying optometrist, who has spent more than three decades treating patients across western Queensland, fears eye diseases will go untreated once he calls it quits.Key points:An ageing population means the demand for optometry services have never been higherDetecting eye diseases like macular degeneration and diabetes early is critical to saving sightWithout an optometrist in…
Dead from infected feet after just 51 days in aged care, George’s family claim it’s neglect

Dead from infected feet after just 51 days in aged care,...

The son of a man who died from infected foot wounds has said he believed his father was neglected and abused, a claim denied by the nursing home where he lived.Key points:Operators of the Tenison Residential Aged Care Swansea home reject claims it abused or neglected a man who died from a staph infectionGeorge Osgood…
Even former treasurer had trouble filling out ‘horribly complex’ aged care forms, inquiry told

Even former treasurer had trouble filling out ‘horribly complex’ aged care...

The Royal Commission into Aged Care must address the complexity of income and assets tests for older Australians, former federal treasurer Peter Costello says. Key points:The royal commission heard there are over 120 questions to fill in for the income and assets testFormer federal treasurer Peter Costello said he had trouble filling the forms inThe…
‘She would rather die than live like this’: Nurses fear residents in aged care homes are giving up

‘She would rather die than live like this’: Nurses fear residents...

Nurses sent in to help Melbourne's coronavirus-ravaged aged care facilities say they are gravely concerned for residents — even those without COVID-19 infections — who have been stuck in "solitary confinement" for months.Key points:Nurses are reporting that aged care residents are giving up due to COVID-19 isolationSome residents are not eating, drinking or taking their…
Keating calls for HECS-style loans for home aged care at royal commission

Keating calls for HECS-style loans for home aged care at royal...

Former prime minister Paul Keating has laid out a HECS-style loan plan aimed at covering home care costs for elderly Australians who do not want to go into a nursing home.Key points:Paul Keating said the Federal Government could give loans to elderly people for home careThey would pay the loans back after their death, via…
‘It definitely hurt us’: Businesses hit by double whammy of COVID-19 and gas outage

‘It definitely hurt us’: Businesses hit by double whammy of COVID-19...

As gas supply is slowly restored to 9,000 Mount Gambier properties, businesses and aged care facilities are considering compensation claims. Key points:Gas supply will be restored to all 9,000 properties by tonight after it was unexpectedly cut last WednesdayMount Gambier businesses are seeking compensation for losses caused by the outageOne local aged care provider says…
Coronavirus aged care toll reaches 580, as chairman of worst-hit home St Basil’s resigns

Coronavirus aged care toll reaches 580, as chairman of worst-hit home...

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia says the chairman of the Melbourne nursing home at the centre of the nation's most-deadly aged care COVID-19 outbreak has stepped down.Key points:A new national snapshot shows 580 aged care residents have died so far during the pandemicThe data shows 1,967 nursing home residents and 2,082 staff have contracted…