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.
More than 6,000 young people with complex support needs are living compromised lives through inappropriate placement in Residential Aged Care (RAC).
Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) and aged care providers require additional skills to support this cohort and work in collaboration with mainstream housing and health systems to facilitate community living. This work is essential to give young people with disability the opportunity to live an ordinary life.
Through our Aged Care Project we are developing practical resources for RAC and ACAT providers. These resources will provide information about how to best support young people currently in aged care, or at risk of entry.
We will do this through active outreach to RAC and ACAT services via workshops and training using the resources developed. We will be focusing on areas with large numbers of young people in RAC, including: Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Inner Eastern Melbourne, Outer Eastern Melbourne, Toowoomba to the Boarder, Tasmania and Northern Adelaide.