The Benefits of Social Interaction for People with Dementia – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy
People with dementia can benefit from activities that engage their minds and allow them to mix with others.
Trips to the cinema or song and dance sessions may become easier for people with dementia to attend, as care providers seek to cater for an increase in Australians living with the condition.
About 415,000 people in Australia have a diagnosis of dementia. It is the single greatest cause of disability in people over 65. Unfortunately the incidence of dementia is predicted to rise over the next two decades as our population ages.
Both government and private sectors are focusing on health services to cater for people with dementia and also their carers. Care providers are widening their services to include more in-home nursing and support as well as flexible respite care.
Respite is the service most in demand by carers of people with dementia. A well designed respite plan can socially engage people with dementia, ensure they retain their community connections. This may potentially result in in people with dementia not having to enter into residential respite.
Dementia does not only affect older Australians but people much younger. According to Alzheimers Australia there are about 25,000 Australian with younger onset dementia with some only in their 30’s.
Interchange Australia can offer both government-subsidised and private services for people with dementia and their carers. Interchange Australia is an approved provider of aged care services as well as NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) supports and is able to provide a range of services for people with low to high needs. My Aged Care is the gateway to subsidised services for people over 65 years and contactable on 1800 200 422 or at www.myagedcare.gov.au. For people under 65 years of age the NDIS is the gateway to receive individual funding and is contactable on 1800 800 110 or at www.ndis.gov.au.
Interchange Australia can also provide services on a private basis without the need for an assessment for as much or as little service on a short term to long basis. Private services can span from home care to nursing care and anything in between. If people are approved for subsidised care but want a service not offered or would like more service than available private services can be used to ‘top up government funded services.
For more information on our disability and aged care services please contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 112 334.