Speaking to 7News regarding the situation, Beth Mohle of the QLD Nurses and Midwives Union said, “They just cannot recruit and so they’re at significant risk of closure.
“They won’t be able to continue to operate services unless they can attract staff.”
The situation has also drawn the attention of Matt Burnett, the ALP candidate for Flynn.
“I’ve heard stories from aged care workers in the facility, who are worried about the lack of care for residents. Their jobs are hard enough, now they’re working double shifts”, he explained.
Upon hearing about the allegations, advocacy groups have grown concerned, calling for immediate intervention from the federal government.
Paul Sadler of Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), said, “The pandemic has put significant restrictions on our availability of staff at the moment, we have been in competition with the COVID collects.”
Commenting on the unfolding concerns, the member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, said he is aware of shortages across facilities and hopes that an almost $18 million fund will help support those involved and provide some resolution.
Mr O’Dowd continued, “That’s given aged care homes another $10 per day per resident.”
Speaking about their experience, many conveyed they felt broken and that residents weren’t receiving the care they paid for and needed.
Happening in the midst of another COVID surge in Queensland further complicates staffing capacity, energy and availability.
Beth Mohle questioned, “The whole staff may be exposed, and have to get replaced, where are you going to replace those staff from?”
Already facing a backlog, Central Queensland hospitals are currently caring for 40 patients that are waiting and needing to be placed in residential aged care spots or receive support from the NDIS.
BlueCare said that the health and wellbeing of residents is it’s top priority.
In a recent statement it noted, “BlueCare is currently proactively working with nursing agencies to support our registered workforce requirements.”