LIVING AT HOME CARE PLANS FOR DEMENTIA SUFFERERS
THOUSANDS of seniors in need of home care will soon be given greater control over their health and wellbeing.
From July 1, recipients can choose their own packages under a new government program called Consumer Directed Care.
After recognising the demand for a better standard of care services, Jon Kontopos founded Home Caring, an organisation that caters for people suffering dementia.
“We can go all the way up to extremely high care for dementia patients at their home and that’s a benefit because people don’t want to have to move into a nursing home,” he said.
The revised scheme is designed to help older people remain in their community for longer and choose the type of care and services they receive and by whom.
“The whole point is giving people the option to live at home for longer,” Mr Kontopos said.
“We try and encourage independence because people can go down quickly if you do everything for them and it’s not really active living.”
Senior manager of Home Caring, Christine Cherry, said that dementia was a complex disease and that every client had different needs.
“We can’t give you medical advice, but we’re there to help in every other way,” she said.
From housekeeping to food preparation and mobility assistance, Ms Cherry tailors a care plan based on a person’s individual requirements.
“The care plan is to be revised every six months,” she said.
“Any time during that the family can call and ask to revise it.”