Introduced in Queensland 2009, the Youngcare At Home Care Grants assist young people (aged 18-65) with high care needs who are living at home and are at risk of entering aged care facilities.
Full-time care is often expensive and places enormous emotional, physical and financial pressure on the family to provide care. By providing funding for equipment, home modifications, and emergency respite care, the Youngcare At Home Care Grants aim to enhance the standard of living for young people with disabilities and their carers to prevent further admissions of young people into aged care facilities.
The Grants provide one-off funding between $2,000 and $10,000, and are issued for the provision of essential support items such as hoists, wheelchairs, emergency respite care and renovations to make homes disability friendly.
In 2011, the Youngcare At Home Care Grants program was extended in New South Wales, thanks to the support of GIO Insurance. In 2012, the program will be extended into Victoria enabling Youngcare to assist more young people in desperate need.
Since the program was established, over $439,000 has been distributed to young Australians and their families in need of urgent assistance.
Some examples of successful application items include:
- Water powered hydraulic lift
- In-home support
- Wheelchair ramp
- Air conditioning
- Power wheelchair and pressure cushion
- Electrical adjustable bed
- Motor vehicle wheelchair modification
The At Home Care Grants program is pivotal in keeping young Australians at home with their loved ones, and ultimately avoiding a future in aged care.
For more information about the At Home Care Grants, please click on the relevant link below:
At Home Care Grants Victoria