The majority of younger people admitted to nursing homes come from a hospital setting. Building knowledge and understanding of health and aged care professionals is critical to helping solve the issue.
In the past three months, the Summer Foundation has delivered 40 training sessions – 23 to hospital staff, 12 to Residential Aged Care (RAC) workers and five to Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT).
The sessions included information about NDIS access, planning and implementation and open discussion about specific challenges or issues that health and aged care workers have faced.
As well as the training sessions, the Summer Foundation has travelled across Australia to hold state-based forums and one national symposium examining the interface between the NDIS and health systems.
The forums were well attended by health professionals and executives who gained an insight into what role they could play in improving the outcomes for young people with disability at risk of entering aged care from hospital.
Our library of resources for hospital discharge workers, ACAT and RAC staff is growing. View the resources here.
Hospital Discharge Project
After extensive planning and consultation we are seeing positive outcomes in our Hospital Discharge Project.
We are implementing many initiatives identified in the project in the Barwon and Central Highland regions.
Collaboration between health services, the NDIA and a number of participants have resulted in:
- Access determination and planning meetings happening more quickly
- Open and responsive communication between the health services and the NDIA
- Support coordinator being introduced earlier to help a participant identify housing options in the community