Dementia is a progressive illness that and overtime will gradually affect the way a person communicates. Their ability to present rational ideas and to reason clearly will change.
As dementia progresses, your relationships are almost certain to change. It is easy to feel isolated and alone if you or someone you care for has dementia. Keeping in contact with others is good for people with dementia because it can help keep them active and stimulated.
When you begin a Home Care Package with a service provider they will meet with you to discuss your individual care plan. This is your opportunity to indentify and plan with your provider what you would like to achieve through your Home Care Package – your goals.
Every Home Care Package, no matter which level requires an individual budget to be prepared. This budget should be prepared in consultation with you and reflect what is in the Care Plan.
Some professional assistance or care at home can increase a person’s independence and wellbeing. However, in some instances people are reluctant to have help at home.
Sometimes recognising that someone is no longer able to take care of themselves at home can be tricky. It is possible that people will not admit they need help, because they are too proud and do not want to lose their independence.
Palliative or end of life care is support for people who are in the final days, months or years of their life. The goal of this care is to assist a person to live as well as possible until they die, and to allow them to die with dignity.
To find out if you are eligible for a Government funded Home Care Package you must first undertake a home care assessment. Assessors from the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) come to your house and assess you to determine your eligibility.
In this day and age there is no reason why people can’t have professional, private one-on-one nursing care in their homes. Some people find it more comforting to manage their health conditions in familiar surroundings.