Help for dementia sufferers
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.