Doctors raise alarm over nursing homes 'no returns' policy

Older people with a mental illness are being refused re-entry into care facilities, say psychiatrists

Doctors are raising concerns about nursing homes' "no returns" policy for residents with mental illness.

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Two psychiatrists writing in the Medical Journal of Australia have highlighted the case of a 72-year-old man admitted to an inpatient mental health unit for treatment of his schizoaffective disorder

When he tried to go back to the aged care facility, the facility said it could no longer accommodate him.

It was only after the man’s brother threatened legal action that the nursing home, where he’d lived for four years, agreed to have him back.

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