Each year, 200 Australians under the age of 50 are admitted into nursing homes.
Young people in aged care facilities have limited opportunity to make the everyday choices that most of us take for granted such as the time we go to bed and the food we eat. Their lives are characterised by boredom and loneliness, with more than half receiving a visit from a friend less than one a year.
While the National Disability Insurance Scheme aims to address the underfunded, unfair and fragmented disability system, many people with disability will not move out of nursing homes, simply because there are no alternative housing options for them.
The Summer Foundation is determined to change this, and is building demonstration housing projects to provide concrete alternatives to placing young people in nursing homes.
Source: Architecture & Design