Dementia focus at Sydney hearings begin

Royal commission turns focus to mistreatment and seeks answers from providers

Aged Care Royal Commission
Personal stories about dementia care will be the focus of this week's hearings.

Personal stories about dementia care will be the focus of this week's hearings.

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Personal accounts provide "compelling insights" into residential aged care.

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THE Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety begins its Sydney hearings today with a focus on care for people living with dementia.

The hearing will begin with direct accounts of the experiences of people living in the residential aged care system, and accounts from people living with dementia and their carers.

The personal accounts are expected to provide compelling insights into the experience of residential aged care.

In the first four days (May 6, 7, 8 and 13), the commission will inquire into allegations of poor care and mistreatment by certain providers, and will hear evidence from those providers.

In its second week (May 13-17), the commission will hear evidence from aged care workers, nurses, clinical experts, innovative provider organisations, policy advocates and representatives from the Department of Health and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Clinical evidence about the use of physical restraints and overuse of psychotropic drugs in residential aged care to manage behaviour of people living with dementia will also be a focus of the hearing.

To access background papers to the royal commission, or for more information on hearings, click HERE

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