5 things to think about with elderly patients this Christmas

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Australians are being urged to check in on elderly people over Christmas — and ensure they have access to GP services if necessary.

Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt has launched a national campaign to reduce loneliness over the festive season after he visited an aged care home and found that none of the residents had received any visitors this year.

“This is a particularly distressing situation, despite the best efforts of the aged care staff,” Mr Wyatt said.

“I have previously raised concerns that up to 40% of aged care residents receive no visitors but 100% is completely unacceptable.

“So more than ever this Christmas, I am asking all Australians to reach out to people in residential aged care and relatives, friends, and community members everywhere in need of company.”

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