The National Disability Insurance Agency has flagged a new strategy to reduce the number of younger people in nursing homes, conceding more work is needed even as figures show a slight fall in the December quarter.
New National Disability Insurance Scheme data shows the number of people under 65 in residential aged care fell to 5468 in December last year, from 5606 in September. The number of younger people entering residential aged care also eased slightly to 386 from 416.
National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Stuart Robert hailed the result, saying “progress” was being made on the government’s plan to reduce the number of younger people entering and living in aged care.
But the latest NDIS quarterly report, to be released on Wednesday, says while the numbers have been decreasing since 2017 (when there were 6243 people under 65 in nursing homes), “the need for further reductions is recognised by the NDIA board and management”.