Program Helps Younger People with Disability Avoid Residential Aged Care
26 April 2012 at 4:09 pm
An analysis of a government-funded program, aimed at reducing the number of people with a disability living in residential aged care, has shown a drop of 35 per cent of those living in inappropriate accommodation in the last five years.
An estimated 1,432 younger people with disability have been helped in the past 5 years by a program aimed at reducing the number of people with disability aged under 65 who live in residential aged care, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Younger people with disability in residential aged care: 2010–11, was released today in Melbourne by Senator Jan McLucas, the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers.
The report shows the number of service users increased steadily over the five years of the Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program.
"Of these, an estimated 250 achieved the first YPIRAC objective—to move out of residential aged care and into more appropriate accommodation," AIHW spokesperson Nigel Harding said.
“A further 244 people achieved the second objective, and were diverted away from residential aged care, while another 456 people achieved the third YPIRAC objective—receiving enhanced services within residential aged care, when this was an available, suitable accommodation option,” he said.
“The remaining program participants received YPIRAC assessment and/or monitoring.”
Over the life of the YPIRAC program, the investigation found that the total number of permanent residents of residential aged care aged under 65 fell.
‘In particular, there has been a 35% drop in the number of people under 50 living in permanent aged care since 2005–06,’ Harding said.
“Of the around 1,100 people who received services under the program in 2010–11, just under two-thirds were aged under 50, which is the initial primary priority group of the initiative.
“Nearly half (45%) of YPIRAC service users in 2010–11 reported a primary disability group of ‘acquired brain injury’. Another 30% reported ‘neurological’ as their primary disability group.”
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia’s health and welfare.
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