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Royal Commission into Aged Care

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care, with a specific mention about young people. You can watch the announcement by the Prime Minister here.

You can read our briefing paper about the Royal Commission into Aged Care here.

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.

We are putting plans in place to ensure that the voices of young people living in aged care are heard. We will provide support to young people with disability in aged care so they can participate in the Royal Commission by telling their story.

ROYAL COMMISSION’S TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Summer Foundation was delighted with the proactive response to our appeal for people to have their say on the Terms of Reference. Thanks to all those who completed the consultation survey – your views were among the more than 5000 responses.

We think it’s important that the Royal Commission looks at ways to keep young people with disability from going in to aged care rather than limiting the focus to making aged care better for young people. You can read our statement regarding the Terms of Reference here.

The Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care were announced on 9 October. You can view the Terms of Reference here.

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There are alternatives to living in aged care for young people with disability – perfectly illustrated in Ben, Cheryl and Gary’s digital 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.

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5 Comments

  1. Glenda Arnall / 22/09/2018

    I have for a long time been concerned about young people from the age of 30 if not younger, their disability because of an Illness or an accident being given a room or even worse a bed with people three times their age.. We do need to do something about this…. here in Australia we tend to forget about our young people who cannot look after themselves. Please extend The Commision to include them ..

  2. Philippa Nichol / 24/09/2018

    I have watched in horror as my friend whom I had helped care for for the past 6years at least, was drugged into floor sitting naked by a local Aged Care unit, this was after only 3 weeks as a permanent resident in the home. Lucky for us we after much heart sadness and anger we were able to have him moved to a more compassionate and skilled Care Home.

    The system needs more human kindness and more leadership with less management , the system has a responsibility to Care and be effective as well as being an industry for employment and humanity.

  3. skotzageridis@me.com / 04/10/2018

    My brother was placed in to aged care after a stroke at the age of 45 he suffered for 1 1/2 years till we could finally manage to get him home I would love to tell his story to the royal commission it is about time something was done about this situation facing the elderly and disabled people in our community

    • Communications / 12/10/2018

      We’re so sorry to hear about your brother’s experience. We’ll share info on how to make submissions to the Royal Commission as soon as the process is clear. Regards, Vince

  4. Mary-louise Hurford / 10/10/2018

    Specifically designed accommodation is a big factor for complex needs for people living with a disability. Very hard to find, disability support people are required to engage in nursing skills they are not trained for. Country areas especially lack accommodation, and skilled staff. The NDIS is restrictive especially for those financially managed. Dual diagnosis of intellectual and mental health also very complex to manage, behavioral issues, addictions. There is a multitude of diagnosis with disabilities, and supports can be very high and complex, added to this is medications impacting functioning with activities of daily living.

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