Currently, there are still 5,606 younger people (under 65) living in residential aged care across Australia. This doesn’t include the thousands of others who have been left behind or forgotten in institutions, hospital rooms or living with ageing parents.
Paul, Brett and Lathom are just three of the faces of the individuals who used to make up these numbers. Their stories are not entirely happy, although there are sheds of light that shine through when you see these boys’ faces.
The first young man, Paul, has spent his life in and out of institutions and nursing homes in Townsville. After the loss of his Father and the subsequent relocation of his Mother and brothers to Brisbane for family support, he was moved into a nursing home for children, at two years old.
His Mother, Deb struggled for 31 years to find appropriate accommodation so that Paul could relocate down to Brisbane to be with the rest of the family. Paul’s family have been desperately searching for 31 years for a permanent place for Paul to call home.
Brett has lived in an institution since a pushbike accident at 13 years old. The now 45-year-old has spent his entire adult life living in institutions and facilities for Acquired Brain Injury sufferers, without independence, his own space or choice over his basic daily needs.
For Brett, living the life he wants is something he has rarely if ever experienced.
Lathom has been lucky to be surrounded by his beautiful, supportive family at his family home for the past 36 years. However, as his Mum and primary carer, Margaret, gets older, both she and Lathom know that their situation cannot continue forever.
The worry of what will happen to Lathom when she can no longer look after him is overwhelming. By donating this Christmas, you can PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY to young people with high care needs, and alleviate the stress that parents face when looking for housing options for their children.
These young men and their families have been waiting 30 years too long for an alternative…
We’re beyond excited to share good news: for the first time in their lives, Paul, Brett and Lathom will be moving into their own home at Wooloowin! Can you imagine the joy and excitement that these three young men and their families are feeling after over 30 years of waiting?
As for the other 5,606 young people currently living in aged care, we have one thing to ask of you this Christmas: do not give them hope. Save your well-wishes for another time. Instead, donate to provide real and tangible opportunity this Christmas.
It’s our mission to ensure that by 2025, no more young people will call aged care home. The way forward is clear; we have the answers, the knowledge and the momentum. All we need is you, and the support of our community. Please DONATE THIS CHRISTMAS to provide real, tangible opportunity to young people with high care needs.