Aged Care & Rehabilitation Services

Dementia & Memory Loss

Dementia has a profound affect on the quality of life. It is critical to get an early and accurate diagnosis so that a successful care plan can be put in place. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis of dementia. It is possible that the signs of dementia could be the result of depression, medication or some other treatable cause. Speak to your GP if you want to arrange an assessment for dementia.

Approximately 200,000 people in Australia are currently living with dementia and the numbers are increasing as our population ages.
 
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has a practical booklet Living with Dementia  that provides information on:
  • how to live with the condition;
  • planning for the future and;
  • useful contacts.
The National Dementia Helpline is a 24 hour telephone and information service that provides understanding and support for people with dementia, their family and carers. Call the Helpline on 1800 100 500.
 
Alzheimer’s Australia has a comprehensive set of information leaflets and help sheets on
  • Daily care issues;
  • Caring for yourself;
  • Coping with behaviour changes;
  • Preparing your home;
  • Residential care. 
At a local level, Dementia Advisory Services (create hyperlink to 2.11) are also able to provide you with information about local dementia service options or education and training about living with dementia.  

Caring for a Person with Dementia and Challenging Behaviour

The Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service provides advice to people who care for a person with dementia who has associated challenging behaviours, for example, physical aggression, hallucinations or wandering/pacing. 
 
This 24 hour per day, free, confidential help line (1800 699 799) provides assistance to:
  • work out what may be triggering the behaviours;
  • find ways to reduce the frequency and impact of behaviours of concern; and
  • support carers.