Aged care system fails dementia sufferers

Alzheimer’s Australia has released a report stating that the Australian aged care system is failing dementia sufferers and their families. The research was conducted as part of the national conversation on aged care reform. More than 1000 people attended 16 consultations run by Alzheimer’s Australia across the nation.

Alzheimer’s Australia has released a report stating that the Australian aged care system is failing dementia sufferers and their families.

The research was conducted as part of the national conversation on aged care reform. More than 1000 people attended 16 consultations run by Alzheimer’s Australia across the nation. The feedback from these consultations shows that some major issues in the way care is being provided for people with dementia have not been given the attention they deserve as Australia debates the quality of aged care.

One of the major issues is the transparency, or lack thereof, of information about dementia care options. Families who wished to keep loved ones living at home found that they could not access adequate assistance to do so, and that what information was available regarding these services was both obscure and lacking.

Many families also gave examples of dementia sufferers declining quickly after entering residential aged care facilities. The report also found that the use of physical and chemical restraints in aged care facilities to cope with dementia sufferers could be distressing to families and carers.

Dementia is the single largest age-related disease in Australia, and if things continue as they are the prevalence of dementia in the community is set to double.

More information
Read the Department of Health and Ageing press release.
Read the full ageing survey 2011 report.
Find out more about dementia with the Better Health Channel information page Dementia explained.
Visit the Alzheimer’s Australia website for information on what you can do to help, or to find out more about Alzheimer’s, dementia and the support that is available to sufferers and their families.

Have your say

Discover why dementia is so scary in Rachel’s blog post and then have your say: would you rather stay at home or be put into care if you had dementia?



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