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About the Summer Foundation

We’re passionate about stopping young people with disability from being forced into residential aged care, by helping them access the support needed to be in control of where, how and with whom they live.

Research library

By researching the issues at each stage of the critical pathways that lead young people to aged care we can provide the evidence needed to create the systems change that will solve this problem.

Moving out of a nursing home

If you’re a person with disability living in a nursing home, or a group home, it can be really hard to imagine moving somewhere else.

This resource shares stories from people with disability who have moved out a nursing home.

UpSkill Provider Directory

Find support coordinators and allied health professionals who are right for you with the new UpSkill Provider Directory.

Latest news and events

latest podcast

NDIS: An inside look at what’s new in 2022

In this episode of Reasonable & Necessary, George is speaking with NDIA CEO Martin Hoffman about what’s new in the NDIS for 2022. We talk about codesign, NDIS appeals, COVID-19 and much more.
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Despite Govt claims, the number of younger people living in aged care has barely dropped: special report

Source: Aged Care News |   Author: Bianca Roberts

According to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) titled Younger people in residential aged care, the number of Australians aged under 65 living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) fell by 20 per cent from almost 4600 in September 2020 to around 3700 in September 2021.
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At the start it was hard for me to talk about myself, but I loved it, it gives you a chance to tell your story and help some people along the way.

— Daniel Black, a man who previously lived in RAC

Thanks for the Staying Connected page. I found it useful and uplifting to know we are all in this together and great to hear from other people and read their stories.

— Salote, a person with disability

It is great to attend training that is relevant and can be applied to work practice with knowledgeable facilitators.

— Bridie West, Support Coordinator

I had no confidence in my ability to support someone through this process [SDA] but now I know I can after yesterday’s training. Although it’s a time consuming task, you have shown us we all have the skills to do well at it.

— Lisa Davis, Support Coordinator

Our research program

To solve the problem of young people living in aged care, we first have to understand it. This is what our research program is designed to do.

What does home mean to you?

In this video, we hear from tenants of Specialist Disability Accommodation about what it is that makes a place a home.

What is life like in residential aged care?

Andrew tells us what life is like for him as a young person living in aged care and what the barriers are for him to leave aged care.