Aged care residents found to be at greater risk in for-profit homes than government-run ones

Aged care residents are up to twice as likely to suffer from serious injuries in a for-profit home as in a government-run one, a study released on Sunday by the royal commission investigating the sector has found.



a man and a woman sitting on a table: Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP


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The study, described by the aged care royal commission as the most comprehensive ever undertaken, paints a grim picture of the state of private-sector aged care, revealing that government-run homes dramatically outperform those run by both for-profit operators and not-for-profit groups.



Aged care residents in government-run homes suffer fewer injuries and go to hospital fewer times than those in for-profit and not-for-profit homes.


© Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP
Aged care residents in government-run homes suffer fewer injuries and go to hospital fewer times than those in for-profit and not-for-profit homes.

It found that, over a year, one in 15 residents in government-run aged care was sent to hospital after falling, compared with one in 8.2 not-for-profit residents and one in 8.6 for-profit residents.

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