This is an important topic for people with younger onset dementia, and worth reading. We will all need to work together to achieve a more age appropriate level of residential care, if it is every to happen across Australia and the world.
It is, totally unacceptable that anyone under the age of 65, needs to live in Aged care. We would not place children or babies, or even 40-year-old patients in the geriatric ward of a hospital, and it is not ok to do this in residential care either…
Support group for young people living in nursing homes wants Federal Government to get them out of aged care sector
By Margaret Paul, ABC News
A support group for young people who live in nursing homes has called on the Federal Government to bring departments together to get young people out of the aged care sector.
A Senate inquiry into young people in nursing homes has held a hearing in Melbourne and is due to report in June.
Di Winkler of the Summer Foundation said there were about 6,000 young people living in Australian nursing homes, partly because government agencies are not working together.
“What we’re asking for is we need solutions that involve health, housing, and aged care, not just disability,” she said.
“The outcome we’d like to see is the Federal Government providing really strong leadership so that young people in nursing homes don’t fall through the gaps.”
Sam Peterson, 30, has lived in a Parkville nursing home for the last year after having a stroke.
She is a part-time student at the Victorian College of the Arts.