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Aged Care – “You need to let people in”

Russell Collett

Aged Care facilities are being urged not to “overreach” and place excessive restrictions on residents.

There are concerns people are being forced into crippling isolation for days at a time in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19.

The Federal Government maintains there are guidelines in place on what kind of restrictions should be used, and is calling on nursing homes not to go too far. Prime Minister Scott Morrison reiterated during the week aged care residents were permitted two visitors a day unless there were other circumstances such as an outbreak.

Advocare CEO Diedre Timms joined The Weekend Catch-Up where she told Mark Gibson aged care providers who had gone further with lock downs had caused unintended consequences.

“Now what they have inadvertently done is reduced their visitors and made them isolated and lonely.

“This has a devastating effect on older people

“Some facilities have managed this well. Others are taking the blanket view that no one is coming in.

“I am really appreciative of the Prime Minister coming out and saying that’s not right and you need to let people in.”

Advocare can be contacted on 9479 7566 for advice

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Russell Collett