Extended Government Funding for Dementia Programs

In Australia, it is estimated that near 450,000 people are living with dementia and the number grow each year. The aged group of over 65 faces more risks and challenges with this disease. 

To provide more support and care to people living with dementia and their family, dementia training, education and support will get a $44 million boost provided by the government. This funding will extend national programs provided by Dementia Training Australia and Dementia Support Australia for another year.

The programs deliver clinical support, assessments, recommendations for care interventions, mentoring and capacity building for family and informal carers, primary and acute care staff and aged care service providers. Aged care services minister Richard Colbeck says that this funding can help provide accredited education, upskilling and professional development in dementia care for health and care workers, GPs, nurses and allied health professionals.

More government funding support signifies more attention to the aged living with dementia. It also indicates that the quality of dementia care will be further improved, and more people living with dementia and their families will receive better help and support.

Source:
Ministers. (2021, January 12). $44 million to extend dementia training, education and support
.Department of Health. Retrieved from: https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/senator-the-hon-richard-colbeck/media/44-million-to-extend-dementia-training-education-and-support

Dementia and Cognition Supplement for Home Care

An extra supplement is provided to your home care packages that help with the cost of caring for people who have moderate to severe cognitive impairment.
The latest rate of supplement payments from September 20, 2020, to June 31, 2021
Package Level Annual Amount of Supplement
Level 1  Approx. $1,025
Level 2  Approx. $1,800
Level 3  Approx. $4,000
Level 4 Approx. $6,000

Care recipients will need to take an assessment from qualified health care professionals to verify their eligibility for this supplement. If you or your family need additional dementia and cognition supplement for home care, you can contact us and we will help you with the assessment.(Click here to learn more about the Dementia and Cognition Supplement for Home Care)

Dementia Care at Melbar

Melbar is committed to providing services that support and ensure the comfort and safety of those living with dementia. We have professional care workers that can provide services including encouraging social interactions and engagement,  preparing nutritious meals, organising mental exercises. We also actively monitor the daily activities of the seniors and provide more support to their families.

Please contact us if you want to learn more about our Dementia Care services.

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