It is disturbing to think that our elderly residents could be treated in such a horrible and abusive manner. Unfortunately, for many, this is the stark reality that they have to live with as they suffer abuse. It can be in the form of verbal, physical, sexual or financial, and many of our elderly residents are too afraid to speak up. Mistreating and abusing elderly residents is unacceptable and needs to be stopped immediately.
Royal Commission into the Treatment of Elderly Residents
A recent inquiry into the treatment of elderly residents found that many have and continue to experience serious forms of abuse. Even more concerning is the fact the abuse is often caused by a friend, carer or family member. The Victorian State Trustee is currently investigating about 200 cases of elderly abuse around Victoria.
As a result of these findings, the federal government has announced a Royal Commission into the aged care industry. With a final report to be handed in by April 30, 2020, the report will hopefully give the government a greater insight into the abuse residents receive, and why extra funding is needed in the sector.
Helping You Make a Difference
Reports like these highlight the lack of skills and training throughout the aged care industry. Too many students are going into full-time work without the required employability skills. ITHEA's aged care courses are a nationally recognised qualification that is highly regarded in the industry.
ITHEA offers prospective students a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) and a Certificate IV in Ageing Support at their Melbourne campus. To obtain either qualification, students must undertake a minimum of 120 hours of supervised, practical placement at an affiliate aged care facility. This gives students the ability to gain real-world experience and knowledge of the day-to-day role as an aged care employee.
ITHEA's teachers are industry leaders and implement their expertise in the curriculum. This ensures students get the best education from leading professionals in real-world learning environments through placement and the city campus.
At ITHEA, educators mentor students in all areas of aged care, to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to look after elderly residents. For more about ITHEA's Aged Care courses in Melbourne, get in touch today by calling, (03) 9650 3900.