This is the Summer Foundation’s second NDIS Report Card, which reports on the impact the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is having for younger people with disability living in nursing homes. The NDIS Report Card measures this impact in six important areas.
On the upside, there was a small reduction (5%) in the number of young people with disability entering aged care from 2014 to 2017.
However, the number of young people living in aged care who had become NDIS participants by the end of 2017 was just 2,082 – well short of the NDIA’s target of 4,488 or 72% of the 6,200 young people in residential aged care (RAC).
A focussed effort by the NDIA saw an extra 1,109 young people living in RAC added to the scheme between September 2017 and March 2018, but it is very concerning that one in 20 of those applying were told they were ineligible for the NDIS. The Summer Foundation is concerned that people completing the Access Request Form (ARF) may not be making clear the person’s functional limitations, the key criteria for eligibility.
Becoming NDIS participants will allow young people in nursing homes to access the supports they need to move into appropriate housing.
Our report card measures outcomes against six key criteria to resolve the issue of young people being forced in to aged care because there is no where else for them to live.
SOURCE: Summer Foundation. “NDIS Report Card: June 2018.” Summer Foundation, June 2018.
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