Immobile aged-care residents dubbed ‘disruptive’

RELATIVES have rebelled against an aged care facility that dubbed immobile residents as physically threatening and disruptive on government funding applications.

A man aged 77 years who cannot speak and can only move his eyebrows, was labelled a threat by Brunswick House Aged Care in north Melbourne, his daughter said.

Anna Romano said her father had Alzheimer’s disease, was tube-fed and had been unable to speak or move any part of his body except for his eyebrows for about five years.

However, an Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) assessment, which determines how federal government subsidies are allocated to residential aged care providers, says he verbally refuses care and is a verbal disruption to others, at least twice a day on at least six days a week.

"It was quite disgusting and quite upsetting because he has never been like that," Ms Romano said.
She said she requested the document to apply for alternative care