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.
Almost 6,000 younger people with complex support needs currently live in Residential Aged Care (RAC).
Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) and aged care staff require additional skills to support these younger people. Working in collaboration with the NDIS, mainstream housing and health systems, ACAT and aged care staff play a vital role in supporting younger people in RAC to get out into the community, explore alternative housing options if they wish, and live an ordinary life.
Through our Aged Care Project we have developed practical resources for RAC and ACAT providers:
The Residential Aged Care Toolkit includes information and a range of tools for residential aged care staff who are working with younger residents.
The Aged Care Assessment Toolkit includes information and tools for those working in Aged Care Assessment Services, to allow them to best support younger people with disabilty who are at risk of entering aged care.
As part of the project, we have been providing active outreach to RAC and ACAT services via workshops and training. We have been 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 border, Tasmania and Northern Adelaide.