Omicron in aged care facilities is killing more than 60 aged care residents a week, with 596 facilities nationally recording at least one death due to Covid this year.
A list of facility death tolls released today (see below) reveals 38 aged care facilities in five states have recorded five deaths or more this year, with eight recording deaths in the double figures.
The list drawn from Federal Government statistics has been released by United Workers Union as aged care workers across two states walk off the job tomorrow (EDS: FRIDAY) in their fight for better pay, more staff and better conditions.
“The Omicron crisis continues to play havoc with active outbreaks in more than 750 aged care facilities, distressing locked-up aged care residents, devastating families and causing unbearable workloads for aged care workers,” Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director, United Workers Union, said today.
“There is a public perception the Omicron wave has passed but for aged care workers working double shifts in full PPE there has been no let up and the aged care crisis is in full swing.
“Given the failures of the Federal Government aged care workers are again walking off the job after last week’s unprecedented strike action across the country – they are telling their employers it’s time for them to take responsibility.
“How can we lose more than 350 senior Australians to Covid since the election campaign was launched and no-one is talking about this?
“We are very clear on accountability – Scott Morrison and his incompetent Aged Care Services Minister Richard Colbeck have failed in their responsibilities in aged care repeatedly, and those failures continue.
“Aged care workers are continuing to turn up to care for residents while these political leaders are only turning up for campaign photo opps.”
Aged care workers in South Australia and Queensland are walking off the job tomorrow as they continue industrial action against their employers in support of claims for improved wages and more care time (EDS: Friday).
Norma, SA aged care worker: “We have an influx of pillow cases because we haven’t got any flannels, we haven’t got any wet wipes. Pillow cases! We’re washing and wiping grandmothers and mothers and great grandmothers with pillow cases and that’s disgusting for them.”
Fadiela, WA aged care worker: “I go home with a heavy heart every day because I can’t stand to see these people left incontinent for hours before we can get to them; people having a shower every second or third day because we don’t have the hours to provide the care they deserve.”
Figures drawn from Federal Government COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged care facilities data series.
|Aged care deaths report date||Total in 2022||Weekly toll|
|May 13 2022||1418||65|
|May 6 2022||1353||89|
|April 29 2022||1264||85|
|April 22 2022||1179||72|
|April 14 2022||1107||50|
|April 8 2022||1057||40|
|April 1 2022||1017||94|
|March 25 2022||923||17|
|March 18 2022||906||29|
|March 11 2022||877||23|
|March 4 2022||854||40|
|February 25 2022||814||72|
|February 18 2022||742||90|
|February 11 2022||652||119|
|February 4 2022||533||144|
|January 28 2022||389||226|
|January 21 2022||163||126|
|January 14 2022||37||25|
|January 7 2022||12||12|
|Facilities with five or more deaths||State||Resident Deaths|
|Russian Relief Association of St Sergius of Radonezh||NSW||23|
|Jeta Gardens Aged Care Facility||Queensland||17|
|Cardinal Stepinac Village||NSW||16|
|Calvary Cessnock Retirement Community||NSW||15|
|Bupa Clemton Park||NSW||10|
|Warrigal Mount Terry||NSW||10|
|Fronditha Clayton Aged Care||Victoria||10|
|Fronditha Anesi Aged Care Services – Thornbury||Victoria||10|
|Bossley Parkside Care Community||NSW||9|
|Mercy Place Albury||NSW||9|
|St Basil’s Lakemba||NSW||9|
|Estia Health Kilbride||NSW||9|
|St Vincent’s Care Services Yennora||NSW||7|
|The Whiddon Group – Glenfield||NSW||7|
|Arcare Slacks Creek||Queensland||7|
|Linsell Lodge Aged Care Facility||SA||7|
|Northern Gardens Aged Care||Victoria||7|
|Kanwal Gardens Care Community||NSW||6|
|Hawkesbury Living Pty Limited||NSW||6|
|Dubbo Homestead Care Community||NSW||6|
|Scalabrini Village Nursing Home (Austral)||NSW||6|
|St Annes Nursing Home||NSW||6|
|Constitution Hill Aged Care||NSW||6|
|AnglicareSA Westbourne Park||SA||6|
|Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged||SA||6|
|Klemzig Residential Care Services||SA||6|
|Advantaged Care at Georges Manor||NSW||5|
|Canterbury Place Care Community||NSW||5|
|The Manor Fairfield East||NSW||5|
|Warrigal Care Albion Park Rail||NSW||5|
|Forest Lake Lodge||Queensland||5|
|Ridgehaven Residential Care Centre||SA||5|
|Benetas St Paul’s Terrace||Victoria||5|
|Mercy Place Ave Maria||Victoria||5|
|Uniting AgeWell Box Hill||Victoria||5|