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OUR STORY

At age 18, Georgia Retallick started The Y-House Foundation in 2010 after seeing a TV interview with a young girl named Angela Barker (Pictured Below). At age 16 Angela was the victim of a violent attack from an ex-boyfriend that left her with an acquired brain injury. Due to a lack of care and rehabilitation options Angela was forced to live in aged care.

The most concerning idea of young people being in nursing homes is the rate of deterioration that they face in such an unstimulating environment. After initial research it became clear to Georgia that there was a gap in the system. It appeared that young people suffering from traumatic brain and spinal injuries as well as early-onset degenerative diseases were not only unsupported in their rehabilitation and recovery, but forced to live in aged care facilities and nursing homes due to a lack of age appropriate care options.

There are a number of fantastic organisations offering supported accommodation and care to young people in these situations. However, without facilities to deal with the initial stages of care and rehabilitation after injury or diagnosis these opportunities aren’t able to be utilised further down the track.
When it was noted that there was insufficient government funding in this area and not only a lack of options but also support, Georgia decided to start her own organisation.

The Y-House Foundation is committed to keeping young people out of aged care.

Our Mission

Y-House’s mission is to keep young people out of aged care.

Across Australia there are over 6,400 young people living in aged care and this is a number that must be changed. In our pursuit to tackle this issue we want to provide age appropriate supports and programs with a strong focus on preventing young Australians from entering aged care unnecessarily. In addition, we want to provide a collective voice to the many individuals living in aged care, as well as those at risk of living in aged care.

We aim to achieve these goals through the development of transitional care and housing, creation of employment opportunities and the use of advocacy, via the following three initiatives:

1. Y-HOUSE
The Y-House model is about providing transitional care and housing to young people post suffering a severe brain or spinal injury, or diagnosis of a degenerative disease. The purpose of the project is to provide that stepping stone of rehabilitation and recovery between the hospital stay and either getting back home, living independently or moving on to supported accommodation.

2. Y-WORK
In 2019 Y-House was awarded an ILC Economic & Community Participation Grant through the NDIA. With this grant we have developed the Y-Work Pilot Project to foster employment opportunities for young people that are living in aged care. Our Y-Work Project Manager and Project Coordinator will seek to identify young people with disabilities and place them in gainful employment suitable to their skills and abilities.

3. Y-ASSIST
In the coming year we aim to launch Y-Assist, a brand new advocacy program aimed directly at preventing young people from being placed into aged care directly from hospitals and rehabilitation centres. As part of the Y-Assist program our organisation will fund a case management role within a hospital to directly assist health care staff in navigating the discharge planning process for young people with complex disabilities.

The Y-House Giving Program

The Y-House Giving Program was developed to create a broader awareness of the issue of young people living in aged care. Throughout the year we aim to support young people with disabilities by showcasing their stories on our social media and web platforms and providing them with a gift of support.

Y-House

Y-House is all about getting you back on your feet – literally and figuratively – and back to family, friends and living life the way you chose. With on-site rehab facilities including gym and pool providing the necessary tools for a quicker physics recovery, Y-House will also provide a youthful, vibrant and stimulating social environment, providing for a quicker emotional recovery. The Y-House project will cost an estimated $3.5 million in total and is set to service 25 people at a time and anywhere up to 400 people in the first 5 years depending on the length of each individual stay.

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