SF Update Autumn 2021 Archives - Summer Foundation
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Welcome to our autumn 2021 update

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Despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year I am delighted about the strong progress that is being made on several fronts towards our goal of keeping younger people out of aged care. 

The long-awaited final report of the Aged Care Royal Commission provides great reason for optimism (see here).

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The Summer Foundation has welcomed the key recommendations relating to younger people with disability outlined in the final report of the Aged Care Royal Commission.

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The Summer Foundation has developed The Housing Needs and Preferences to Support Discharge Guide and Template for health professionals to support a person with disability to be discharged from hospital to suitable housing.

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The Housing Hub’s extensive range of workshops and events has kicked off for 2021.

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More than 12,000 people have signed a petition calling for minimum accessibility standards in new homes to meet the needs of all Australians.

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The Summer Foundation and La Trobe University has conducted national surveys of people with mobility impairment and occupational therapists (OTs) about housing accessibility features.  

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Without effective support coordination it can be difficult for younger people with high and complex needs to avoid or exit residential aged care (RAC).

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A brutal assault in 2003 robbed James of his active life and studies. At 21, he was forced to live in aged care for nearly 7 years before a TV interview set his path to independent living in Specialist Disability Accommodation – first in NSW and now in Melbourne.

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The Summer Foundation’s policy team has released a position statement on Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) eligibility, funding and quality.

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