Living with Dementia

Living with
Dementia

Living with Dementia - Our Stories

We care for residents living with dementia every day and are dedicated to creating Care Communities that support the needs of each individual.

Our case studies look at our residents who are living with dementia and how we support  them to feel safe and at ease, and have the opportunity to be as mobile and independent as possible.

Click on the links below to read our case studies

Enabling meaningful connection

Since January 2021, Rutherford Park Care Community has been home to Maureen.  As she settled in, our Care Community team worked with Maureen and her family to understand her social and emotional care needs to create a personalised care plan.

Maureen bird bath

Transitioning into care

A new resident* who presented with complex behaviours has moved into Altona Gardens Care Community. Our team are working with the resident and her family to ensure she settles in well and feels comfortable.

Altona Gardens

Designing dementia care around needs

Rose lives at Wallarah Point Care Community. Our team noticed Rose displaying some changes in her behaviour due to dementia, such as self-isolating, becoming withdrawn from her friends and other residents, disliking certain foods and low self-esteem. Finding ways to understand her emotional and social care needs is very important for residents who are living with dementia

Rose with flowers

5 Steps into Residential Aged Care

1

Assess

Make sure the person requiring care has had an ACAT assessment.

2

Find

Search for a residential aged care home suitability located.

3

Costs

Understand the costs associated with aged care.

4

Apply

Ensure you have all the relevant paperwork.

5

Move

Check out our moving checklist to ensure the smoothest move possible.

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Commonly asked questions about Dementia

  • Dementia isn’t a single disease, but a term used to describe the symptoms of a range of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in the ability to think and perform everyday tasks. It can also lead to changes in personality and behaviour. While there is no cure for dementia, it’s important to keep in mind that it is possible to continue to maintain a good quality of life for many people. Continuing to do the things that are meaningful is the key to living well with dementia. Life may change, but finding ways to focus on physical and mental wellbeing makes dealing with the progression of the disease more manageable.

  • There are many types of dementia but he most common causes include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. While it is more commonly experienced in older people, dementia can sometimes occur in those under 65 years of age. This is known as younger onset dementia. One in ten people over the age of 65 experiences dementia, while three in ten are affected once they reach 85 years of age. Understanding the symptoms associated with each type of dementia can help in ensuring each person’s care needs are met.

  • Dementia has a huge impact not only on the person who has been diagnosed, but also on those closest to them. Often children of someone living with dementia find roles have been reversed as they become the caregivers. Some of the feelings commonly experienced by carers include guilt, grief, loss and even anger. Rest assured that if you are feeling any of these things you are not alone. Even if your loved one isn’t ready to move into long-term care, feel free to arrange for a chat with our knowledgeable team who’ll be happy to offer advice or put you in touch with other carers who are going through the same thing and can offer support and understanding.

  • Thinking about the move into residential care is never easy and can bring up all sorts of emotions. It’s time to start the conversation about moving into care when you have concerns that your loved one isn’t coping well with day-to-day activities or if you feel safety is a concern. They may be forgetting to do things like turn off the stove or even finding the way home when out for a walk. The earlier you start the conversation, the more time everyone will have to consider options and make informed decisions.

  • Think about a short stay in respite care to start with. Perhaps arrange to go and have lunch or participate in an activity that your loved one enjoys. This will give you both you a chance to find out if the Care Community feels like a good fit and it will give you both confidence in your decision.

  • Moving house is among the most stressful life events. When moving house is combined with a big life change like moving into residential care, it can have a significant impact. Often the move into care comes about as a result of a traumatic event such as a fall rather than a considered decision process, so the circumstances around the move can feel overwhelming and out of the person’s control. Sometimes the person moving into care can take out their frustrations on their family if they don’t feel in control. It’s important to ensure that your loved one feels a part of the decision-making process. If this happens, try not to take it personally. Our team are here to help and support both you and your loved one through this time.