Without effective support coordination it can be difficult for younger people with high and complex needs to avoid or exit residential aged care (RAC).
The Summer Foundation’s policy team has identified what must be done to properly equip the support coordination workforce to meet the needs of younger people and ensure that no one aged under 65 is stuck in RAC by 2025.
The Support Coordination Position Statement outlines the current problems. These include:
- There are not enough support coordinators with the necessary skills and knowledge to support people with high and complex needs
- Support coordinators lack opportunities for professional development
- Support coordination is often not funded at the appropriate level
- Conflicts of interest often exist among support coordination providers
- The statement makes 6 recommendations to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to address these issues.
You can read the full statement here.