Understanding dementia

‘Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.’ - Alzheimer’s Australia

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Care and support for people with dementia and their care givers

We can help you now through our:

Community Services – call 1300 951 501
  • Immediate access to in-home care services
    (call to find out which areas)
  • Assistance in accessing government subsidised in-home care
  • Access to respite in the home
  • Access to respite in a day centre
Residential Care Services – call 1800 551 834
  • Live-in residential care in one of our Catholic Healthcare homes
  • Access to respite in residential care

Planning ahead for dementia

Research indicates the majority of people living with dementia are undiagnosed*. People concerned they may have dementia often delay diagnosis, with the belief that ‘memory problems are a part of the ageing process’ or that there are no benefits to early diagnosis. Studies have also shown that early diagnosis leads to early intervention and better long-term outcomes for people living with dementia.

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Caregivers health and lifestyle

Catholic Healthcare supports people living with dementia and their caregivers, to live well through personalised health and lifestyle plans. Personalised health and lifestyle plans give individuals access to the right resources and support that are critical to their ongoing good health and quality of life.

Caregivers Stress Test

Crying, being teary and feeling overwhelmed are indications of high levels of stress, signs that a caregiver should seek the support of a Care Advisor. Stress takes many forms and there are a number of indicators that a caregiver is approaching vulnerable levels of stress.

Independence, an experience of togetherness and personal fulfillment are key to health and wellness goals and living well with dementia. At Catholic Healthcare, we promote health and wellness to support people to live a more meaningful life. Read more

Register here for a free call back from a skilled consultant or call 1300 951 501 for immediate assistance.