Grants to keep young people out of aged care

24 March 2015

Young people with high needs who are living at home and at risk of entering aged care are now able to apply for funding assistance, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said today.

Ms Ryan said the 2015 round of Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants (AHCG) was now open for applications from people aged 18 to 65 who were at risk of entering aged care prematurely.

“Youngcare’s AHCG are available across Victoria and are distributed on a needs basis,” Ms Ryan said.

“This year Youngcare provided $250,000 worth of grants for young people with high needs who are at need of financial assistance.

“The scheme offers one-off payments to assist with the purchase of essential support items such as hoists, wheelchairs, emergency respite care and renovations to make homes disability friendly,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said the 2014 round of the AHCG scheme in Victoria received an overwhelming response, attracting 151 applications, and Youngcare were able to distribute $200,000 worth of grants to 38 young Victorians and their families.

“I applaud the efforts of Youngcare and the work they are doing helping younger Victorians stay out of aged care facilities and I encourage anyone at risk to apply for these grants,” Ms Ryan said.

Application must be submitted by Friday 10 April.

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