Three Tasmanian aged care facilities are currently being supported by the ADF, but this may rise.
While it was only a matter of time until the ADF was called into residential aged care in Tasmania, that doesn’t make the presence of boots on the ground any less strange a sight.
The support offered is meant to be “general” - think logistics - but again it’s only a matter of time until they're assisting with hands-on care.
Scott Morrison has let the aged care crisis come to this, but bringing in the army isn't going to be a silver bullet.
ADF officers are supposed to be orientated to sites by Aspen Medical agency staff but, while ADF members are no doubt good at what they do, they aren’t trained aged care workers so things may not always go to plan.
If you're at a facility where the army has arrived, let us know. And if you end up working side by side with someone from ADF, make sure the directions and boundaries given to you by management are clear – if they aren’t, call us ASAP.