Assaults At NSW Aged Care Homes Soar To Decade-High
Assaults reported at aged care homes in New South Wales (NSW) have surged to the highest level in a decade, with more than 900 incidents recorded in the last financial year.
Data obtained by the ABC reveals that the figure is nearly triple the number recorded ten years ago, raising serious questions about the safety and well-being of elderly residents in the state.
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The largest spike in reported incidents occurred in April 2021 when the government introduced the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS).
The scheme mandates care providers to report all serious incidents to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.
According to information provided by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), NSW Police recorded a staggering 4,654 incidents at aged care facilities, averaging approximately 12 incidents a day across the state.
However, the dataset does not provide a breakdown of the types of incidents reported.
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