In The Media | 19 February 2015

’18 and in aged care, they are too young to be forgotten’

Six thousand young Australians with disabilities are living in aged care homes because there is nowhere else they can call home and receive the care they need.

Nursing homes are regarded as facilities for those in the twilight of their lives. Generally, people need to be aged over 65 to access an aged care bed.

On Tuesday the Senate will begin examining youth living in aged care after a push by the little-known Senate backbencher Linda Reynolds who, upon entering the Parliament in July last year, quietly made it her mission to draw national attention to the issue by obtaining bipartisan support to hold an inquiry into it.

“It does not need to be this way and we can do so much better than this.”

Source: The Age