The Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) initiative is a 5-year program agreed on by the Council of Australian Governments. It aims to reduce the number of people with disability aged under 65 who live in residential aged care.
In 2010–11, a total of 1,087 people received services funded by the YPIRAC initiative. Of these, just under two-thirds (63%) were aged under 50; 9% were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin; 6% were from non-English-speaking backgrounds; 45% had a primary disability relating to acquired brain injury; and 30% had a neurological primary disability.
Many younger people with disability continue to achieve YPIRAC objectives, less end up in residential aged care
Over the five years of YPIRAC to 2010–11, an estimated 1,432 people received services from the YPIRAC initiative. Of these, an estimated 250 people achieved the first YPIRAC objective (a move out of residential aged care to more appropriate accommodation); 244 people achieved the second YPIRAC objective (diversion from residential aged care); and 456 people achieved the third YPIRAC objective (receiving enhanced services within residential aged care, when this was the only available, suitable accommodation option).
Over the life of the YPIRAC initiative, the total number of permanent residents of residential aged care aged under 65 has generally decreased and, in particular, there has been a 35% drop in the number of persons under 50 living in permanent aged care since 2005–06.
YPIRAC helps many younger people with disability find appropriate accommodation
In 2010–11, 20% of service users had moved from residential aged care to alternative accommodation; 26% had agreed to move from residential aged care, but had not yet done so; 28% were receiving services intended to divert them from inappropriately entering residential aged care; and 31% remained in residential aged care with additional services. It is possible for service users to receive a combination of services.
Over half (53%) of YPIRAC service users received a service support package in 2010–11, and 20% of all service users received both alternative accommodation and support services.
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