Young Australians are being forced to live among the elderly so their disabilities can be catered for. Many are struggling to cope.
Australia needs accessible and affordable housing for people with disabilities — and this is why.
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More than 6,500 young disabled people are holed up across the country in nursing homes.
They live among sick and elderly people with an average age of 84.
Due to a lack of appropriate facilities. there is literally nowhere else for them to live.
The confronting surroundings, full of strange noises and smells, are leaving these young people lonely, isolated and depressed.
When asked what goes through her mind, Kirby Littley – a 29-year-old who suffered a series of strokes while having a brain tumour removed – told SBS 2’s The Feed the answer was “dying”.
Kirby said she feels “trapped” and “bored” at the nursing home.
Her mum, Carol, who visited Kirby up to three times each day, said the facility was depressing.
“There are many times I come and the van is out the front to collect a (dead) body,” she said.
“It’s not the right environment for a young person.”
Kirby, a former teacher of disabled children, said all she wants is “to get better and get back to work”.
James Nutt, 31, had a similar experience.
He spent six years living in aged care facilities following a violent assault at age 18 that left him with an acquired brain injury. At times, he contemplated suicide.