An estimated 436,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to exceed one million by 2058.
Around 70 per cent of dementia sufferers live in the community and depend on home care.
Dementia Australia (Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia) welcomed the rollout of another 10,000 high-level home care packages this week.
These additional home care packages provide funding for up to $50,000 of care services per person per year, which may include home assistance, nursing, transportation, and meal preparation.
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,” said Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe.
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.
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.
We know there is much more to be done. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is estimated to more than double by 2058 to almost 1.1 million. Therefore, it is essential that we work with Government and providers to put in place the services and early intervention supports needed to help people live well at home for as long as possible.
To ensure providers delivering these packages are appropriately educated and skilled in quality dementia care, we are calling for ongoing investment in training. We are also calling for the streamlining of My Aged Care to ensure people with a cognitive impairment have easy and straightforward access to the packages,” Ms McCabe said.
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.