Living in and moving out of residential aged care

The NDIA is committed to supporting younger participants aged under 65 to have more choice and control over where and how they live. 

In September 2020, the Australian Government released the Younger People in Residential Aged Care Strategy 2020-2025 (the YPIRAC Strategy). Find more information about the Younger People in Aged Care Strategy and the NDIS.

Does the Younger People in Residential Aged Care Strategy mean I have to move out of residential aged care?

The Younger People in Residential Aged Care Strategy doesn’t mean you have to move out of residential aged care.

It is there to support you to learn more about the other home and living options available to you, and support you to make informed choices about where, and how you live.

If you want to stay living in residential aged care, the NDIS will continue to support you through your NDIS plan. 

Learning more about the other home and living options does not mean you will have to move out of residential aged care either. 

You can choose to explore the other home and living options available for you, and still choose to remain living in residential aged care.  

When and how can I explore other home and living options?

You can choose to explore other home and living options at any time.   

To start exploring other home and living options, contact your support coordinator or the NDIS.

What happens when I choose to explore other home and living options?

Your support coordinator will work together with you and the NDIS to provide you with information about the most suitable home and living options available to support your needs. 

This will help you make an informed choice about where and how you live.

While you explore your home and living options, the NDIS will continue to provide you with funded supports, through your NDIS plan.

Moving out of residential aged care

If you want to move out of residential aged care, contact your support coordinator or the NDIS. 

Your support coordinator will work with you to help you explore and connect you with the most suitable home and living option, to help you move out of residential aged care with the right supports. 

How long will it take to move, once I decide to do so?

It can take time to identify and source the right home and living option, depending on your needs and choices. 

Some home and living options will need to be built or have changes made, so you can live independently with the right supports. 

We will keep you informed about the progress of your home and living option so you are prepared and ready when it’s time to move.

Avoiding entering residential aged care

If you are a NDIS participant, we’re committed to helping you avoid entry into residential aged care, if you would prefer to live in more age-appropriate accommodation.

Your support coordinator can help you explore and connect with other home, living and community support options outside of residential aged care.

If you think you may be at risk of entering residential aged care, it is important you contact your support coordinator or the NDIS to discuss your circumstances. 

Your support coordinator or NDIS planner can work with you to identify an alternative home and living goal and support you to achieve that goal.

I am the family/carer/nominee of a younger person who is living in or at risk of entering residential aged care – how can I help them find alternative accommodation?

As a family member, carer or participant nominee, you can access more information about how you can support a younger person to avoid entry, or move out of residential aged care.

This page current as of
30 April 2021
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