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Helen shares what it was like leaving an aged care facility and moving into her new apartment

If you’re a person with disability living in an aged care facility, or a group home, it can be really hard to imagine moving somewhere else – even if you don’t like where you are living and want to move.

My name is Helen, and I lived in an aged care facility for 7 years. With so many decisions and choices taken away from me, and with everything being done for me in the same way each day, I lost my confidence and began to feel very passive. When you live that way for a long time, it’s hard to feel you can do things for yourself and make your own decisions. But, with support from other people I started to feel hopeful again about the future. I realised it was possible to move out and get back some of the things I loved about my life.

I moved into an apartment by myself, which was available through Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in late 2020 – in the middle of the pandemic.

In this video series, I describe different aspects of my experience leaving the nursing home and moving into my new apartment, including: 

  • Challenges and barriers to moving
  • What supported me to move
  • Coordinating my daily support
  • What life is like now

Video 1 – Challenges and barriers to moving

A text transcript for this video can be found here.

Video 2 – What supported you to move

Please note: The Housing Matching Service is no longer available. If you are a young person living in residential aged care and require assistance, please see our RAC Services page.

A text transcript for this video can be found here.

Video 3 – Coordinating my daily support

A text transcript for this video can be found here.

Video 4 – What is life like now

A text transcript for this video can be found here.


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Video series about moving out of an aged care facility

Home

Helen shares what it was like leaving an aged care facility and moving into her new apartment

If you’re a person with disability living in an aged care facility, or a group home, it can be really hard to imagine moving somewhere else – even if you don’t like where you are living and want to move.

My name is Helen, and I lived in an aged care facility for 7 years. With so many decisions and choices taken away from me, and with everything being done for me in the same way each day, I lost my confidence and began to feel very passive. When you live that way for a long time, it’s hard to feel you can do things for yourself and make your own decisions. But, with support from other people I started to feel hopeful again about the future. I realised it was possible to move out and get back some of the things I loved about my life.

I moved into an apartment by myself, which was available through Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in late 2020 – in the middle of the pandemic.

In this video series, I describe different aspects of my experience leaving the nursing home and moving into my new apartment, including: 

  • Challenges and barriers to moving
  • What supported me to move
  • Coordinating my daily support
  • What life is like now

Video 1 – Challenges and barriers to moving

A text transcript for this video can be found here.

Video 2 – What supported you to move

Please note: The Housing Matching Service is no longer available. If you are a young person living in residential aged care and require assistance, please see our RAC Services page.

A text transcript for this video can be found here.

Video 3 – Coordinating my daily support

A text transcript for this video can be found here.

Video 4 – What is life like now

A text transcript for this video can be found here.


Download resource as PDF


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Was this article helpful?

Our ‘Aged Care to Home’ service is free to access and supports people with disability under the age of 65 who are living in residential aged care to understand their housing options and the eligibility and evidence requirements for home and living funding.

Learn More