Our history

The Summer Foundation was established in 2006 by Di Winkler, an Occupational Therapist who has worked with people with severe brain injury for more than twenty years.

The early work of the Summer Foundation focused on understanding the experience of young people forced to live in nursing homes and growing a body of evidence to support the need for systemic change.

We support the disability, health and aged care systems
 to work more effectively with younger people in nursing homes. We have prototyped effective housing alternatives to aged care for younger people with disability. We support people with disability and their families to share their stories and empower others to avoid or leave aged care.

As part of our work to resolve the issue of young people living in nursing homes, the Summer Foundation has been trialling an innovative housing solution that integrates smart home technology and good design with a support model designed to promote independence, all in well-located community settings.

We also develop practice guides, training materials
 and new models for government and non-government organisations to work together to resolve this issue. We undertake academic and applied research to make sure there is a strong evidence base for what works.

Summer Housing

In 2017, we decided that the replication and scaling of our housing demonstration projects would be best implemented by a dedicated organisation that focuses on the ‘bricks and mortar’ of housing projects. So we established Summer Housing, a not-for-profit sister organisation to the Summer Foundation. Summer Housing will be separate to the Summer Foundation, with an independent Board and staff, but the two organisations will continue to collaborate on areas of common interest.

For more information on Summer Housing, visit www.summerhousing.org.au.

BUILDING BETTER LIVES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES