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 providing accommodation, care and rehabilitation options for young people with serious brain and spinal injuries and degenerative diseases. Our focus is on providing appropriate and stimulating environments for these young people to live and recover in.
The main project and option that the organisation is currently working on is the delivery of our very first Y-House.