At the start of the 21st Century, health professionals and community leaders noticed a growing trend of people under 65 having to enter the residential aged care system. This movement became known as ‘young people in residential aged care’ (YPIRAC). Many of these young people had to enter residential aged care due to having high or complex support needs.
Lobbying for change
Whilst the specific reason for entering aged care varies, a common cause is the lack of other suitable accommodation options that are available. Fortunately, individuals and groups have more recently started to discuss ways in which these issues could be addressed. The result was an increase in actively lobbying the government and other parties to become aware that younger people do not belong in aged care. More importantly, to also encourage these government bodies to actively contribute and provide funding to alleviate the problem.
What is being done?
The government has developed an action plan to provide every individual under 65 who resides in residential aged care the opportunity to move to a home in their community. The Department of Health reported there were 5,905 people aged under 65 living in residential aged care facilities across Australia at the end of 2018. With these numbers in mind, two primary goals have been put in place to be achieved within the next five years.
- To have people younger than 45 to exit aged care by 2022 if they choose to.
- To have at least half the number of younger people entering aged care by 2025.
The role Support Coordinators can play
OnSide are among the many agencies actively working towards alleviating the number of younger people in residential aged care. OnSide Support Coordinators are not only passionate about the role they can have in making a difference in a customer’s life but are actively abreast of this latest action plan for YPIRAC. Our Support Coordinators can assist in many roles regarding YPIRAC. Some of these roles include;
- Assisting a customer to move out of residential aged care
- Engaging supports and services to improve the transitional process
- Working closely with the customer, hospital, and the NDIS to make the transition from hospital to a new home as smooth as possible
- Understanding the importance of a younger person not having to enter residential aged care initially
As you can see, it is important to ensure individuals who are YPIRAC receive the support they deserve, and there are a number of support options available. So, if you or someone you know needs more information about YPIRAC, contact OnSide to discuss.