It began with a call from a listener in March, who told Sainsbury about the alleged neglect of her elderly father in a rest home. Mark Sainsbury has since received an outpouring of anecdotes relating to elderly abuse and neglect across the country.
An unannounced rest home inspection has revealed “concerning” issues less than a year since it was ordered to refund $10,000 to a resident.
Mark Sainsbury believes New Zealand’s elderly deserve a champion, so much so that he has launched a petition to Parliament.
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says that good policy is required to ensure elderly citizens will be treated fairly.
I want to see measures to be put in place to protect the elderly’s rights, writes Mark Sainsbury.
Elderly citizens do not deserve to be in fear of needing aged care or fear that they won’t be treated with dignity and respect, writes Corina.
Mark Sainsbury is joined by Rose Wall from the Health and Disabilities Commission to talk about complaints about rest homes.
The patient even warned the family to change their visit times, telling his daughter that “they know when you’re coming”.