Client Directed Care

Living with Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a series of symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. It affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. It can happen to anyone, but the risk increases with age.

Support is vital for people with dementia and the help of families, friends, carers and qualified professionals can make a significant difference to their quality of life.

At Scalabrini Village, our approach is to create a safe, welcoming environment that feels like home. We also encourage our residents to actively pursue interests and activities which provide a sense of purpose and meaning.

Our Villages at Austral, Griffith, Bexley and Chipping Norton offer dementia specific support units staffed by professionals with dementia care training. Moving into residential care can be a stressful time for the resident with dementia and our staff can suggest practical strategies to help with this transition.

For Dementia Help Sheets in a range of languages visit http://www.dementiadaily.org.au/help/. See also http://www.start2talk.org.au/.

Other sites you may find useful:

http://yourbrainmatters.org.au/

http://www.fightdementia.org.au/New-South-Wales.aspx