Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
While there is currently no cure for dementia, there is care and caring.
We believe the right approach to dementia care can help your loved one maintain a high quality of life even in the face of memory loss.
In Australia, one person is diagnosed with dementia every six minutes. With more than 342,800 Australians living with dementia, this disease is progressive, debilitating and relentless.
Research has shown the best place for a person with memory loss is in familiar surroundings. We are most comfortable when we are at home. We feel safe, secure and relaxed. This feeling is even more powerful for someone with dementia.
Our unique approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care
Central to our care philosophy is the provision of specialist dementia care to support people living with dementia to continue to live safely and independently in the familiar surroundings of their own home.
At Home Instead Senior Care, we pioneered memory care training, developing Australia’s first best practice training program for professional, in-home caregivers.
Our Specialist Dementia Training Program equips our CAREGivers to deliver distinctive memory care based on research and experience. Rather than focusing on the diagnosis and symptoms of the disease, our specialist dementia care focusses on maximising abilities, independence and quality of life, restoring the dignity of the person living with dementia.
Our relationship-based approach to dementia care enables Home Instead CAREGivers to provide each individual client personalised care that:
- Helps your loved one remain safe and calm at home
- Encourages engagement
- Provides nutritious meals
- Creates social interaction
- Provides mind-stimulating activities
- Helps minimize changing behavioural and cognitive symptoms
- Honours who the senior was earlier in life
- Supervises activities of daily living
- Supports the family
Free training and resources for families
Our training doesn’t stop with our professional CAREGivers. We know family caregivers are looking for help too. That’s why we also provide education and support for families and caregivers who live with the daily challenges of dementia.
Our Dementia Resource Guide for Carers and Families is a free resource that provides information, resources and practical support to help people caring for someone with dementia.
If you would like a copy of our Dementia Resource Guide for Carers and Families, please contact your local Home Instead office.
Our Family Dementia Education Program is designed to help families understand dementia and the journey their loved one is experiencing. It also shares practical strategies, activities and communication techniques to assist them in their role as a family caregiver and explains how to best support their loved one living with dementia.
If you would like to learn more about our Family Dementia Education Program, please contact your local Home Instead office.
Free training and resources for communities
Creating a Dementia Friendly Australia: Educating & Empowering Organisations
Home Instead Senior Care is leading a new charge in the fight against dementia by supporting the creation of Dementia Friendly Communities.
A Dementia Friendly Community is a place where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and can continue to contribute to community life. A place where people are aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia feel included, involved and are encouraged and supported to retain independence, choice and control over their day-to-day lives (Alzheimer’s Society, 2013).
Home Instead Senior Care is supporting the development of Dementia Friendly Communities by educating and empowering local businesses and organisations on dementia and how they can make small changes that can make a huge difference in the day to day life of someone with dementia.
Our Dementia Friendly initiative is a free, national public education program available to any local businesses or organisations who want to work with us to become Dementia Friendly by learning how to better assist and support people with dementia by enhancing their knowledge, understanding, awareness and approach to dementia in their community.
If you would like to learn more about becoming Dementia Friendly please contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office
Home Instead Senior Care are proud supporters of Dementia Australia. For more information on their fight against dementia and support services available for individuals, families and carers, visit www.fightdementia.org.au