What To Expect
The Effects Of The Cut
Unfortunately, the cost of running specialist care provision for dementia sufferers can be high. The challenges of caring for people who have significant physical care needs in addition to severe mental impairment require highly trained staff that have the skills and experience to provide the very best possible assistance. As research on best practice when working with dementia sufferers is constantly being updated, ensuring staff receives regular training in new methods is imperative to offer a continuously high level of care. Sadly, the Federal Government’s decision to cut dementia and severe behaviors supplement will have a particularly negative effect on what care is offered to dementia sufferers. Many care homes used the funding provided by the supplement to ensure staff received specialist training, or to pay for additional services such as reminiscence therapy for their clients. Because care homes run on a tight budget, it is unlikely that this provision can be funded from elsewhere, so almost inevitably dementia sufferers will not be able to access the same high level of care which they enjoyed whilst the supplement was available. As care places for dementia sufferers, particularly in the latter stages of the disease, are difficult to obtain, it is worrying that vital funding to support care homes in providing appropriate care for this vulnerable group has been withdrawn.
Care At Home
Despite the problem of the supplement’s withdrawal, care homes are frequently the best place for dementia sufferers to live. Not only can the expertly trained and compassionate staff cope with the high level of needs that many sufferers present, but care homes also have the right equipment and fittings to effectively care for people at all stages of the disease. In addition, specialist resources can be made available at a care home in a way that just wouldn’t be sustainable in a domestic setting. This results in dementia patients being given the very best opportunities to enjoy a good quality of life, no matter how severe their care needs may be. For many Australian dementia sufferers, a care home setting is the best solution to ensuring their needs can be effectively met in a caring manner.