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Dementia Care

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Dementia Care

Whether it’s only for a day during the week or full time, St Vincent’s can provide care for people living with dementia in their home, their community or Residential Aged Care.

Dementia has an impact on not only the person with dementia, but also their friends, families and loved ones. Often a high level of care is needed for a person with dementia to stay safe and healthy and this can make finding qualified support difficult.

But often the problem with dementia care isn’t with the care itself, it’s with the thought of being separated from someone you love.

Before we even consider care, St Vincent’s will assess whether our care is right for your loved one.

If you’re considering getting extra support, call us on 1800 778 767 and let’s navigate aged care together.

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Considering dementia care for your loved one

Considering dementia care is not easy. But chances are, you’re looking at options for extra support because it’s come to a time where you realise you might need it.

It’s normal to feel the stress of care. It’s also normal to feel stressed at the decision to even consider care, let alone go through with the idea. But, the truth is you don’t have to go through it alone.

No matter where you’re at in your care, or your loved one’s journey with dementia, St Vincent’s can be your guide and help you take the stress out of making those decisions.

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Where can St Vincent’s deliver dementia care?

Home Care
and community

Many people continue to live at home with dementia and while it may be challenging, remaining in familiar surroundings for as long as possible, with or without dementia is important.

If you or a loved one lives at home with dementia, support and assistance is available and made possible with Home Care Packages.

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Respite care can allow a primary carer of someone with dementia to have a break.

There are different types of government subsidised respite services available: In-home respite care, day respite services in community centres, emergency respite care and residential aged respite care (in specialised memory care units).

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Aged Care

Many St Vincent’s aged care homes offer full support to people living with dementia. Some have specialised rooms to ensure the required level of support and care is provided.

These aged care homes also have programs and activities to help keep people with dementia engaged.

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What is St Vincent’s approach to dementia care?

While our tailored approach to care doesn’t change for people with dementia, the attributes that make great care become even more important.

To work with people who have dementia it’s especially important that staff are:

  • Patient
  • Understanding
  • Consistent
  • And inclusive

They can’t be afraid to politely repeat themselves. And they must always take into account a person’s personal preferences: things they do like and especially the things they don’t.

Every St Vincent’s care worker receives dementia training through their qualifications which assists in delivering consistent and excellent care for people with dementia.

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What conditions does St Vincent’s cater for?

Dementia is a collection of symptoms which affects mental processes in a number of ways, from impaired communication to memory loss. These symptoms are caused by a variety of conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Lewy Body Disease
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Alcohol Related Dementia

Excellence in care for people living with dementia is all about quality of life and choice. Choice for the person living with the symptoms of the disease and those making decisions for their care.

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Frequently asked questions

You may be eligible for dementia care if you are an older person living with dementia and need help with your day-to-day care needs.

You will need to undertake a face-to-face assessment to determine your eligibility. The criteria is the same for permanent residential aged care.

At St Vincent’s, aged care support staff receive training through their qualifications in working with people who have dementia. Whether in home, in respite or in residential aged care, St Vincent’s can provide the care or advice you need to be as best supported as possible.

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