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Residents more likely to have a physical disability than psychosocial condition

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Most aged care residents are aged 85 or over and 97 per cent of all residents have a disability, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics report released this week.

The report, Australians living in residential aged care, looks at the characteristics of older people in care and is based the 2015 ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.

It found there were 201,900 people living in residential care in 2015, up from 163,500 people in 2009.

Most of these older people lived in aged care facilities or cared components of retirement living villages (93 per cent), with the remainder living in group homes for people living with a disability (4 per cent) or hospitals and psychiatric institutions (3 per cent).

The report focused on the 187,300 people receiving care in aged care facilities or retirement villages.

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Source:
Sandy Cheu, 2018, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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