Aged care sector struggles during COVID-19 pandemic

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Not enough action is being taken to protect aged care residents and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts say, despite the state and federal government’s enforcing measures to stop the spread in aged care facilities.

These measures include limiting visitors and access to aged care facilities, as well as encouraging social distancing and safe hygiene, however, experts say it is not sufficient enough.

The aged care sector is already under a substantial amount of pressure and scrutiny following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety , and with the findings released last year, experts say these facilities are not equipped to deal with the virus outbreak.

The interim report of the Commission, released in October last year, found the system ‘does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, with multiple imbalances and failings within the sector.

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