New study finds too many young people still in aged care

New study finds too many young people still in aged care

New study finds too many young people still in aged care

According to a new study in the most recent Australian Health Review, too many young people are still being inappropriately placed in aged care facilities.

"The inappropriate placement of young people in residential aged care (RAC) is a problem in Australia as in many other countries. Aged care is not designed or resourced to facilitate the active involvement of young people with high clinical needs in everyday activities or support their continued participation in the life of their community. This was highlighted by recent research which showed that RAC residents spent most of their time alone or watching television," study lead author, Di Winkler CEO, Summer Foundation, an organization which aims to resolve the situation of young people in nursing homes.

"Our study sought to evaluate the progress of the national YPIRAC program in moving them into more appropriate accommodation.  Our research found that the development of new accommodation options for young people needing residential care has been slow. The 5-year program aims to move 689 young people out of nursing homes; in the first 4 years of the initiative only 139 people had moved out."

Says Ms. Winkler, "The lives of those who have been helped by the program have been enormously improved however the program is unlikely to result in a long-term reduction in the number of young people in aged care."

Read the minister's media release here

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