Disability sector in need of more support workers as young people leave residential aged care

Care Workers, Disability July 9, 2018

Last month, it was revealed that 6,200 Australians under 65 live in residential aged care. However, as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) works to move young people out of residential aged care by providing specialist disability accommodation, the demand for disability support workers is growing.

The Summer Foundation, a key organisation lobbying for young people’s removal from residential aged care, released some crucial statistics last month on young Australians living in residential aged care:

  • 2,602 young people living with a disability were admitted to residential aged care in the 2017 financial year
  • Over 1,000 young people are permanent residents in residential aged care in New South Wales alone
  • More than one in twenty young people in residential aged care have been determined ineligible for the NDIS
  • Over 2,000 young people in residential aged care receive NDIS funding

The Foundation’s June 2018 NDIS Report Card shows that, as millions of ageing Australians enter aged care services, thousands of people living with a disability are leaving residential aged care and requiring different disability support options.

The NDIA has stated that 4,488 of the young people currently in residential aged care have begun transitioning to better-suited support, according to the Foundation’s report.

Just a few weeks ago, Graeme Innes, former disability commissioner, brought the nation’s attention to the lack of specialist disability accommodation on the ABC’s program, Q&A.

In response to the demand for more specialist disability accommodation, the NDIA is creating housing to accommodate almost 1,000 individuals living with a disability.

The NDIA estimates that 460,000 people will gain access to NDIS funding over the next two years, which would undoubtedly lead to higher demand for support. This forecasted growth gives plenty of room for independent support workers like those on Better Caring to grow their business in the NDIS.

As more people living with a disability move into private housing, group housing or small residential institutions, independent workers will begin to receive work from clients wishing to live independently. This growth will undeniably result in better lifestyle outcomes for clients and more opportunities for support workers.

To see the Summer Foundation’s report, click here.

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