More people living with dementia enabled to live longer in the community but still more to be done

Monday 20 August 2018

The recent announcement by the Federal Government that the number of Australians receiving home care packages has increased, is welcomed by Dementia Australia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the announcement was good news, but there is still more to do to support people living with dementia in the community.

“In Australia, there are more than 425,000 people living with dementia and estimated that up to 70 per cent live in the community,” she said.

“Home care packages allow people living with dementia the choice to live in their own homes for longer, can improve their quality of life and reduces the cost to the health care system.

“However the system requires further development that includes greater transparency on how many people living with dementia are being supported with home care packages.

“There is still not clear data to tell us how many people living with dementia are waiting for support or who may be missing out on services because not everyone is able to navigate the system.”

Ms McCabe said the consequences of lack of support for people living with dementia in the community are significant and can severely impact the quality of life and care for the person living with dementia and for their families and carers.

“The role of carer often falls to the loved ones of people living with dementia, dramatically changing their own lives to become primary carers,” she said.

“Adequately provisioned home care packages, when and where they are needed are crucial for people living with dementia, their families and carers.”

Ms McCabe said it was vital to embed supports for people living with dementia in the community, to continue to live independently in their communities and homes for longer.

For information and support about dementia please call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 or visit dementia.org.au. For information about Home Care packages please visit myagedcare.gov.au

 

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Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 425,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.


National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500                                                                                                                

Interpreter service available

(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)                                                                                                       

Dementia is a National Health Priority Area 


Media contact: 

Christine Bolt, 0400 004 553 / christine.bolt@dementia.org.au

Blake Reeves, 02 6278 8916 / blake.reeves@dementia.org.au

When talking or writing about dementia please refer to Dementia Language Guidelines.

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