ROYAL COMMISSION UPDATE
In September Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care.
The commission’s interim report is to be provided by 31 October 2019.
We are very pleased that young people in residential aged care and the issues related to this group are a high and early priority for the Royal Commission. You can read our briefing paper about the Royal Commission here.
To see how the Summer Foundation can support you or a family member to have your say at the Royal Commission click here.
Or you can contact the Royal Commission at: agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx.
YOUNGER PEOPLE IN AGED CARE
About 1 in 40 of all Australians living in aged care are under 65 years of age. The outcomes for many of these younger people are terrible.
You can learn more about younger people in aged care by reading this fact sheet.
There are alternatives to living in aged care for young people with disability – perfectly illustrated in Ben, Cheryl and Gary’s video story.
Cheryl and Gary’s son Ben was 22 when he acquired a significant brain injury. Ben could have been one of the 50 younger Australians who enter residential aged care every week. Instead, he lives with support and independence in his own unit.