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Dementia Care

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What is dementia care?

What is dementia care?

Every person is unique, so every person’s experience of living with dementia will be different. It’s important that we get to know each individual, and use our knowledge of the symptoms associated with each type of dementia, in order to best care for and support them.

At Estia Health, our person-centred framework is about building relationships with every individual in our care and forming a partnership between the resident, their family and our team to develop the best plan for their care. There isn’t a one size fits all approach to dementia care, however there are programs and strategies that are proven to help and support a number of people which our homes have adopted.

With nearly 50% of residents in our care living with a diagnosis of dementia, all of our homes and experienced teams are able to provide the required compassionate care and support. A number of our homes have dedicated Memory Support Units with their own gardens and courtyards, which are specially designed or adapted to provide a safe and secure environment for people living with dementia. These people who will often benefit from smaller, more intimate spaces, where daily activities can be more tailored to their needs.

Engaging and meaningful activities

Engaging and meaningful activities

If you or someone close to you has a diagnosis of dementia, our teams will work closely with you to understand your hobbies, past interests and look at opportunities to continue these while living in an Estia Health home. All of our homes offer daily activities for residents to take part in, which are adapted and based on a national lifestyle program developed around ongoing research and knowledge with a focus on supporting people living with dementia.

Across our homes, we focus on offering a range of enriching meaningful activities and alleviating symptoms people living with dementia may experience. This can include activities based around reminiscing, through music or tactile activities like painting which can evoke past memories or stimulate parts of the brain that reduce anxiety and associated agitation. Physical activity also remains an important aspect of dementia support, not only alleviating symptoms but remaining a key aspect of aged care as it helps results retain balance and mobility, reducing the risks of falls and accidents.

Are you caring for someone living with dementia?

Are you caring for someone living with dementia?

As a carer for someone living with dementia, the impact of progressing symptoms can change both your lives dramatically. If you’re a spouse or child caring for someone, it can be challenging to see a change in their abilities and behaviour which can result in grieving as you come to terms with the change in your relationship

The ongoing impacts of COVID-19 are continuing to be felt as carers are still unable to access some services and support resulting in ongoing feelings of isolation and fatigue. It’s incredibly important to seek support for yourself to ensure you’re able to continue to provide care, while looking after your own mental and physical wellbeing.

At Estia Health, all of our homes offer short-term respite care, where someone can come and stay with us for a week or so, giving you much-needed time to rest and recuperate. Visit our respite care page for more information or call us today to see how we can help.

What is dementia?

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a collection of symptoms caused by disorders or diseases affecting the brain. The most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington's disease, Alcohol-related dementia (Korsakoff's syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing but can sometimes be mistaken or misdiagnosed as the symptoms cause a progressive decline in memory, ability to think and perform everyday tasks and a change in behaviour.

Dementia is now the leading cause of death in Australia for women and the second leading cause of death for men, following coronary heart disease . Although the risk of getting dementia increases as we age, it can affect younger people as early as their 40s and 50s – this is called ‘younger onset dementia’

While there’s currently no cure for dementia, early diagnosis and support can ensure people are able to continue to maintain a good quality of life for as long as possible and still have their needs met as the symptoms progress.

Read about resident and families’ experiences living in our homes

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Meet our resident

Noella

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Meet family member

Fiona

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A unique experience

Frequently asked questions

  • People living with dementia can continue to live at home with ongoing care and support from family members or paid carers. People often come to us as their dementia is progressing, along with a number of other conditions, making it harder to be cared for at home. At Estia Health, we can support people at any stage, if they have been assessed by an ACAT team to require and be eligible to receive government-funded residential aged care.

  • Often a diagnosis of dementia will take some time and sometimes involve a series of physical and neurological examinations to exclude other illnesses or conditions. An example is blood and urine tests to ensure the underlying cause isn’t an ongoing urine infection, dehydration, or vitamin deficiency, all of which can cause confusion and memory loss.

    Your GP is able to make a diagnosis, but it’s likely they will refer you to a neurologist, geriatrician or psychiatrist for ongoing tests that assess cognitive abilities, including memory, language and concentration. When moving into one of our homes, we will discuss your past medical history and requirements and work in partnership with your GP and any other specialists to provide you with the best care and support possible. This will need regular review at meetings, adapted as conditions progress.

  • As dementia advances and a person loses more cognitive and physical ability, their senses of touch, taste and smell can still remain, therefore there are many activities that can have positive benefits for residents', even when living with advanced dementia. In our Estia Health homes, our teams continue to look at ways to enrich residents lives, at whatever stage of their journey, with pampering, aromatherapy and massage, along with music, as examples of sensory activities they will deliver.

    Whether it’s visiting pets, using therapy aids such as robotic animals, painting, massage, art and craft or music as we all know as individuals, we all get our joy, comfort and purpose from different sources, which is why we work closely with you and your family to understand how to provide the best support.

  • There are a number of resources available to support people living with dementia and their carers. Dementia Australia is one of Australia’s leading and provide the following services:

    • Information about dementia
    • The National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500
    • Support groups for people living with dementia and their carers
    • Education and other services

  • Every person’s experience will be different and not every person will go through every stage, but it can be helpful to categorise dementia into three progressive stages:
    • Early dementia
    • Moderate dementia
    • Advanced dementia

    Read more about the different stages of dementia. 

    When you visit one of our homes to take a tour, you can speak to our care team to discuss your diagnosis, any concerns and understand the available care.

  • There is sadly no cure for dementia, but medication can be used to alleviate symptoms or for treatment of other underlying diseases. A resident’s GP or specialist will advise our team in consultation with a resident and family members.

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What will it cost?

When moving into an aged care home the amount you pay will depend on the home and room you choose, your own circumstances and means to pay for the available care and services. Your accommodation and care costs may be partly or fully covered by the government, which will be determined by a means assessment. 

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Will it suit my needs?

We have 68 homes in NSW, QLD, SA and VIC and all offer care for those requiring a short-term of longer stay, as well as helping people requiring urgent care. Our experienced and compassionate teams care for people with a range of complex conditions, including people living with dementia, as well as those requiring palliative and end-of-life-care.

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What are the next steps?

Moving home is a big decision, especially when it comes to aged care. Let us guide you through the process step-by-step with the right information at the right time. We will support you from your initial enquiry, answering your questions on the types of care we offer, the costs involved through to when you're ready to move into your new home.

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