Currently there are over 6,200 people under 65 years of age living in nursing homes across Australia (YPINH). Most will be eligible for the NDIS. The Summer Foundation has complied a report on its work with YPINH in the Victorian and NSW trial sites on the benefits to date of participating in the Scheme. We know that many YPINH have few or no social supports and the majority aren’t connected to existing state based disability services. We are working both with YPINH to support their NDIS participation and with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the agency responsible for implementing the NDIS, to ensure the scheme is accessible.
Eligible participants undertake a person centred planning process that focuses on their vision for their life that they then break down into achievable goals. The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports for an individual to achieve these goals. To date NDIS participants living in nursing homes have had the flowing supports funded:
- Customised equipment
- 1:1 support to enable participation in home and community life
- Transport to enable participation in family and community life
- Allied health assessments
Hints and tips for YPINH:
- Think about your vision for your life
- Practice speaking about your goals
- Ask for assistance with pre-planning if you’re unsure
- If you are told that you’re not eligible, seek advocacy support and reapply.
For more information on the NDIS go to
For support around eligibility:
Barwon, VIC contact Joanna on 0438 333 007
Hunter, NSW contact Rebecca on 0418 115 850
Or contact Penny on 0409 600 649.