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Why Young People with a Disability Do NOT Belong in a Nursing Home

Posted by Linda Summerton on Aug 20, 2015 1:05:50 PM

 

There are more than 7,000 young people living in Aged Care facilities in Australia. By 'young' people I mean people under the age of 65, and a significant portion of this number is people under the age of 50 ! Why are they there ? Many of them are younger people with a disability with complex support needs that for one or more reasons can't be supported at home. It could be the cost, the physical environment of their home, the difficulties staffing their support, family issues - sometimes its complicated, its hard and its very costly for a younger person with complex support needs to remain at home. BUT that doesn't make it ok to place them in an Aged Care facility, there has to be a better way.
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Topics: Aged Care Facilities, Young Care, Young People in Care

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