Help for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - — Elae­lah Har­ley

A NEW fo­cus on health is spread­ing across the na­tion, thanks to De­men­tia Aus­tralia.

As of this week the or­gan­i­sa­tion is rolling out 10,000 new home care pack­ages to help se­niors live on their own.

CEO Ma­ree McCabe said these pack­ages were re­quired as na­tional de­men­tia rates in­crease.

“Cur­rently, around 70 per cent of the more than 436,000 Aus­tralians with de­men­tia live in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“An in­crease of home care pack­ages will help more Aus­tralians to live at home for as long as pos­si­ble, in a sup­ported way.

“This will make a sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence not only to their lives, but also to those of their fam­i­lies and car­ers, as well as the broader com­mu­nity.

“We wel­come the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to fund­ing ad­di­tional home care pack­ages and the fo­cus on sup­port­ing se­nior Aus­tralians, par­tic­u­larly those who live with de­men­tia.”

These pack­ages won’t just pro­vide ma­te­ri­als to get by, they’ll also in­clude fund­ing for up to $50,000 per per­son each year.

“While the ad­di­tional sup­port is wel­comed, we would urge providers and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to con­tinue to fo­cus on how peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia can be sup­ported ef­fec­tively at home,” Ms McCabe said.

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