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.