Younger Australians in Nursing Homes

No younger Australian should ever have to live in aged care, which is why the Liberal Government introduced a National Action Plan to reduce the number of younger people living in aged care facilities.

The first inquiry Linda sponsored in the Senate was on the plight of thousands of young Australians with disabilities who were forced to live in aged care because of a lack of accessible, affordable and suitable accommodation.

Since then, she has passionately campaigned for almost four years alongside wonderful organisations such as the Summer Foundation, Young People in Nursing Homes and Youngcare, for the permanent removal of nearly 6,000 younger Australians in aged care facilities.

Progress is being made, but very slowly.

Last year, the Liberal Government announced the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Quality and Safety. The issue of how to deliver care services to people with disabilities residing in aged care facilities has been included in the proposed Terms and Reference for the inquiry.

The National Action Plan is a critically important next step in providing a pathway out of aged care.

Under this national action plan the Liberal Government is committing to:

  • Support those already living in aged care, who are aged under 45, to find alternative, age-appropriate housing and supports by 2022, if this is their goal;

  • Support those already living in aged care, who are aged under 65, to find alternative, age-appropriate housing and supports by 2025, if this is their goal; and

  • Halve the number of younger people aged under 65 entering aged care by 2025.

To read the Younger People in Residential Aged Care Action Plan visit:
www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/programmes-services/for-people-with-disability/younger-people-with-disability-in-residential-aged-care-initiative

As a society we can, and must do better.