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Pat Joyce at the Tackling the Taboo seminar

A voice for others: tackling elder abuse as an aged care worker

Tackling elder abuse is often a difficult conversation to have, so how do staff navigate these issues?

Pat Joyce, manager of advocacy at Seniors Rights Service, recently presented at an Aged Care Insite seminar about elder abuse policies and confidentiality.

Joyce spoke about the role of aged care workers in reporting elder abuse, as well as the challenges that arise when they do so.

She joined our podcast to talk about tackling the taboo of elder abuse and how to educate staff.

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One comment

  1. nurses need to be aware of general nursing care which includes nail care, eye care, mouth care not leaving elders who are incontinent in wet “nappies” or beds for long periods which leads to bed sores,
    Not all nurses like cleaning up the incontinent wet and dirty patients/clients/elders.
    One comment from a nurse I did not go to university to clean up “piss and Shit”.
    Another question elders in nursing homes should have their medications/injections administered by a registered nurse not as I have heard by PCA who is often an untrained person.
    All registered nurses should know the drugs administered and their side effects and go through the medications with the patient before administration. However some stroke patients lose the ability to speak communicate and this means with other disabilities they become trapped in their own bodies so special care is needed. I personally will not accept medications or injection unless adequate information is given while I can make decisions.

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