Young people in Aged Care

aged care for young peopleThis 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.

Read the full story here…

10 thoughts on “Young people in Aged Care

  1. Kate, it’s not just limited to residential care. V spent 3 days in a hospital neurology ward where everyone else was 80+ , some able only to moan. Stroke patients.

    My friend in Melbourne, ABI rehab specialist RN/facility manager, has been campaigning on this for years. V’s closest mate worked in group homes for people with cognitive disAbilties (community services sector) for years. Clients of the 1st were mainly well-to-do financially, clients of the 2nd were social security recipients.

    I wonder how the private sector hasn’t yet jumped on a “market opportunity”….geographic dispersal of the
    6, 000 young people perhaps? Well, we baby boomers will be a whole new market, and not so old.

    I can tell you that V would fit in fine with 20-30-40-50 year old people with a range of disAbilities, if she were to choose to live in a facility. So what’s with ageism dominating the thinking of the private sector?

    As to us social security recipients, the best we can hope for is a death of our choosing before we’re placed in a nursing home as public clients. There won’t be much choice of placement!

    There’s an excellent project in the NSW Hunter or Central Coast region, where accessible accommodation has been purpose built for younger people with disAbilities. Sorry I don’t have a link but from memory it was a pilot NDIS initiative, possibly in partnership with Council.

    • I agree with everything you have said… funnily enough, I’d probably fit right in with much older people, as some my closest girlfriends are late 80’s, and I am still on the inside, rather old fashioned!!! I even like the music 🙂 🙂

  2. Kate and Paul May God bless you for your passion and zeal .
    Experts in the profession seem complaisant with the current trend treating and rehabilitating younger persons with disability and recommending for permanent placement in aged care and residential care settings of the older people and on the other end the accepting team in assessment do not any more challenge why it is okay to place them in older people care setting. This practice is not okay, It should not be the voice of few and the politicians need help from visionary professionals, the media and the general public to make recommendations .

  3. This issue has been around for so long and no government has addressed it. It is absolutely unacceptable for young people, regardless of their disease or disability, to be living in an aged care facility. They need to be in group homes or care facilities with people of similar age , engaging in interests/ activities appropriate for them. I recently visited a nursing home where everybody was over 80 except for a disabled young woman of 21 who sat on her own all day with colouring books.
    The staff said “sometimes she gets depressed or in a bad mood” and they seemed irritated/ annoyed by this. I said “wouldn’t you get depressed if you were 21 and trapped in an old age facility?” I think of this young woman every time I drive past the facility and think of how unfair and cruel it is.

    • So true Amanda… we all need to work together on this issue, as the more voices there are, the stronger we will be. Cruel is an understatement; I watched my young friend die in an AGED care facility, mostly lacking in quality care as well!

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