Our Focus

To achieve change in policy and practice in relation to young people in nursing homes, we are currently focussing on the following strategic priority areas:


NDIS
HOUSING
COMMUNITY & PRIMARY HEALTH
PATHWAYS HOME
 

 

NDIS

Ensure that young people in residential aged care get access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Summer Foundation is conducting action research to measure outcomes and identify any gaps, issues or barriers to young people in nursing homes getting access to services funded by NDIS in the trial sites. We are working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to streamline the NDIS registration process of young people currently in nursing homes and those at risk of entering nursing homes. Our target group requires information, resources and support to access the services they desperately need.
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HOUSING

Increase the range and scale of housing

We do not expect many people to move out of nursing homes in the NDIS trial sites because of the lack of appropriate housing and support options. Rather than continuing to build segregated and specialist accommodation, housing for people with disability needs to be integrated into mainstream housing strategies – this will create the scale and range of housing options we need.
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COMMUNITY AND PRIMARY HEALTH

Increase access to proactive health services

Increased access to proactive health services that sustain community living will enhance the health and wellbeing of people with disability and complex needs, and reduce their lifetime care costs. The Summer Foundation will build an evidence base and support innovative service design for proactive community health outreach that supports the lifelong needs of this group. We will also document the importance of slow stream rehabilitation services so that people with severe acquired brain injury have the time they need to demonstrate their potential before a decision is made about their housing and support options.
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PATHWAYS HOME

Improve the interface between the NDIS, health and aged care gateway

Once in a nursing home, young people lose skills and their social networks diminish. Most (59%) young people are admitted to an acute or rehabilitation hospital before their first admission to a nursing home. We will work to improve the interface between Health, Aged Care Assessment Services (ACAS) and the NDIS in order to minimise new admissions of young people to nursing homes.
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The way we work

The key aim of the Summer Foundation is to change human service policy and practice related to young people in nursing homes. The Summer Foundation uses a range of tools and develops resources to affect this change.
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A collaborative approach

The Summer Foundation is not able to implement all of these strategies in isolation – we collaborate with other organisations, government, people with disability and their families to achieve this. Supporting, informing and empowering people with disability and their families is critical to resolving the issue of young people in nursing homes. We strive for innovation by collaborating across sectors and disciplines, and taking calculated risks to create positive change.
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