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How do we stop young people entering aged care?

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Research by the Summer Foundation and Monash University published this week provides further evidence that young people shouldn't be forced to live in nursing homes. This study found that preventing new admissions is a more efficient use of funding resources and leads to better outcomes, rather than waiting for people to be admitted to nursing homes and then moving them out.

The five-year national Younger People in Residential Aged Care program, which ended in June 2011, significantly improved the quality of life of many young people in nursing homes, as well as preventing new admissions. During this program, the service system was responsive to this group's needs, with 244 people aged under 50 avoiding nursing home placement. Another 250 young people moved out of nursing homes into largely domestic-scale group homes. However, since this program ended, the system has largely reverted to the way things were in the past. Over 200 people under 50 are once again at risk of admission to aged care nursing homes each year in Australia

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