Pathways home

Hundreds of young Australians with disability enter aged care  every year. These are people who could live in the community if they were provided the right support at the right times.

Creating a better pathway back into the community

Once in aged care, young people lose skills and their social networks diminish. The majority (59%) of young people enter nursing homes directly from a hospital setting, so the Summer Foundation is partnering with hospitals, governments and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to create a better pathway from hospital back into the community.

For Hospitals

When talking about keeping young people out of aged care, it’s important to understand how young people end up in nursing homes in the first place.

Improving the role of both the NDIS and hospitals in supporting young people with disability to leave hospital and return to their community is one of the keys to keeping them out of aged care. Find out what we are doing to help hospitals.
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Training and Professional Development

Building capacity in the aged care and hospital sector is key to improving long-term outcomes for people with disability and complex care needs. Find out what we are doing towards training and professional development for people employed in the sector.
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For Aged Care Providers

Understanding the needs of young people in nursing homes and how their long-term health and wellbeing can be improved is vital for aged care providers. Providing the right support is important for those wanting to leave aged care and also for those preferring to stay. We have developed a step-by-step process to help aged care staff find the information they need.
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Preventing new entries to Residential Aged Care requires education at the coalface of discharge planning, and liaison roles that oversee the transition of supports between sub-acute health and the community.
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Current Projects

The Summer Foundation has a number of projects underway to build the capacity of inpatient health and aged care workers, increase access to information and improve systems.
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The Summer Foundation is creating resources for the aged care and hospital sector to help improve long-term outcomes for people with disability and complex care needs.
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