The need to strengthen the monitoring of residential aged care facilities in Australia using a human rights-based approach

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2021-13

Laura Grenfell, ‘The need to strengthen the monitoring of residential aged care facilities in Australia using a human rights-based approach' in Linda Steele, Kate Swaffer, Lyn Phillipson, and Richard Fleming (eds), Human Rights for People Living with Dementia: An Australian Anthology (2020) pp32-33

4 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2021

Date Written: March 16, 2021

Abstract

Recent inquiries indicate that residents
of locked units in residential aged care
facilities are at a high risk of torture or
cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
The limited mobility of many residents
in these facilities combined with the high
usage of restrictive practices (sometimes
unlawfully) means that many residents
are effectively detained (irrespective of
whether they are in a locked unit) and
at high risk of torture or cruel, inhuman
or degrading treatment. Despite this,
our current systems of monitoring
residential aged care facilities are based
on safety and quality of care approaches
and hence are not equipped to address
the human rights aspects of how
residents are treated.

Keywords: residential aged care facilities, aged care, aged care facilities, retimrement homes

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Grenfell, Laura, The need to strengthen the monitoring of residential aged care facilities in Australia using a human rights-based approach (March 16, 2021). U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2021-13, Laura Grenfell, ‘The need to strengthen the monitoring of residential aged care facilities in Australia using a human rights-based approach' in Linda Steele, Kate Swaffer, Lyn Phillipson, and Richard Fleming (eds), Human Rights for People Living with Dementia: An Australian Anthology (2020) pp32-33 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3806127

Laura Grenfell (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide

No 233 North Terrace, School of Commerce
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

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