Today in Australia, 3,435 younger people with disability under 65 years of age are forced to live in aged care.
The issue is complex and crosses multiple settings and sectors, including hospitals, housing, disability and primary health.
Young people end up in aged care when disability and health services don’t work together in a timely way. Some of these people are aged in their 30s and 40s, living with people in their 80s. They rarely see family or friends and it is common for young people in aged care to lose skills and independence.
Connecting to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in a timely way is an important early step for young people with disability. When the NDIS, health and aged care systems work well together more young people with disability will be able to choose where they live and who they live with.
How can this issue be resolved?
The Australian Government is committed to stopping younger people going into aged care by 2022, and to ensuring that all younger people leave aged care by 2025.
We need to keep building on recent successes. Accessible housing is being created, but not fast enough. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), health and aged care systems are working more effectively together, but still not hand-in-hand to stop this group falling between the cracks.
Royal Commission into Aged Care
In September 2018 the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care.
The Summer Foundation made a submission to the Royal Commission as well as supporting more than 100 people to tell their stories to the commission.
On 25 November 2019, in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim report, Neglect, the Australian Government announced strengthened Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) Targets.
The Australian Government’s YPIRAC targets, apart from in exceptional circumstances, seek to ensure there are:
- No people under the age of 65 entering residential aged care by 2022
- No people under the age of 45 living in residential aged care by 2022
- No people under the age of 65 living in residential aged care by 2025
Additionally, the YPIRAC Strategy (2020-2025) was released on 30 September 2020.
The Targets and the Strategy, which align with our mission, aim to stop younger people going into aged care by 2022 and to ensure all younger people leave aged care by 2025.