It has been informed at an international dementia conference that Australian aged care residents are gradually turning into "voiceless citizens" as they are directed what time to get up and do rest of the work for the day.
It was revealed by Dr. Stephen Judd, Chief Executive Officer of aged care provider HammondCare at the Eighth Biennial International Conference on Dementia in Sydney, on Wednesday.
Dr. Judd mockingly said that the residents of the aged cares are “living lives devoid of personal freedoms”.
He questioned, "Does anyone seriously believe that an older citizen in residential aged care has not had their rights eroded, however subtly, by being obliged to conform to a regimented schedule?"
Also, he accused the organization of making the schedules according to the convenience of staff and operational objectives and not considering the ease of residents.
The citizens are made to get up and be completely dressed by 8 a. m., despite the efforts of making people understand the older people, especially those suffering from dementia, he stated.
Even the organizations were found to be not taking into account the health of the residents and providing them with strictly directed food, including seafood, soft cheese, fresh cut fruit and soft eggs, which are not recommended to such old people.