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Source: 7 News  | Reporter: Megan Neil | Photo: AAP

Younger people should not be forced into a “brutal and wasted life” in nursing homes because they have nowhere else to go, a royal commission has been told.

Advocates say long-overdue systemic changes are needed to address the problem of people aged under-65 with complex disability support needs who end up in residential aged care.

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Source: 9 News  | Reporter: AAP

James Nutt, 35, views his years in a nursing home as a “sentence”.

A number of younger people who are living, or have lived, in residential aged care will tell the royal commission about their experiences during a hearing in Melbourne next week.

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The Summer Foundation has lodged its submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission.

The submission identifies the key policy and systemic changes needed to stop young people being forced into aged care. It covers what needs to change and how it can happen.

Our 12 recommendations are based on our extensive work with young people in aged care and with providers in the health and aged care sectors.

The people whose stories we used to illustrate the realities of living in aged care were selected from 95 young people who participated in one-on-one conversations with us.

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