This morning around 7,000 young people with high care needs woke up in aged care. A life in aged care is essentially a life in a small hospital-like room, a life of routine, with no choice when to eat or when to go to the toilet. 44% of young people will receive a visit from a friend less than once a year and 22% will go outside less than once a month.
There’s also a further 700,000 young people with high care needs being cared for at home by family and friends, often with very limited support.
Youngcare’s mission is to ensure no young person with high care needs has to live in aged care. People like Lauren and Michael Bellert, whose lives changed in an instant when Michael suffered a severe brain aneurism, leaving him unable to walk or talk and in need of 24/7 care.