More than 500,000 older Australians are not being served properly by the aged care sector.
That is the approximate number of Forgotten Australians, people who at one point in their life were placed in institutional or out-of-home care as children and therefore need safer and more personalised aged care.
“Thanks to ongoing advocacy from the Forgotten Australians we know that their childhood experiences in orphanages, missions or homes run by Government, charities, religious groups and other organisations, were marked by neglect, abuse and human rights violations,” says Dr Monica Cations form Flinders University.
Cations is the lead author of the collaborative research study on this cohort, titled Safe and Inclusive Aged Care for Forgotten Australians/Care Leavers.
Returning to institutionalised care facilities later in life can be re-traumatising and the research found that common aged care practices can be insensitive to the needs and preferences of Forgotten Australians.
Cations’ research has led to a number of recommendations that providers can implement to improve aged care and she joined Aged Care Insite to discuss the work.
The 10 immediate actions can be found here.
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