Good News For Carers Of People With Complex Symptoms Of Dementia: Extension Of Kincare's Live-In Respite Services

Mena, Arkansas (PressExposure) April 24, 2012 -- The Australian Government has announced the extension of KinCare's Live-In Respite services for carers of people with complex symptoms of dementia. The aim of this idea is to allow these carers to enjoy an extended break from their usually demanding and stressing duties as well as the chance of strengthening their own relationships without causing more distress to the patient they take care of.

The Australian Government and State and Territory governments recognise the valuable role of carers and provide a variety of respite options. In many cases, respite programs offer short regular periods of respite to allow a carer to have a short break. There are also residential respite options that allow a person with dementia to temporarily move to a residential aged care facility while their carer has a break.

However, many a time these options in respite services are not enough or do not adjust to the specific needs neither of the patient nor of the dementia patient.

KinCare has identified an important gap in services for carers of people with complex symptoms of dementia. Short periods of respite simply don't provide these carers the break they need, however, residential respite can be inaccessible to them because of multiple reasons:

  • The needs of the person with dementia may be too complex
  • The person with dementia may deteriorate or become even more disoriented in an unfamiliar environment
  • Residential respite may be unavailable at the time they need it or where they live

KinCare's live-in respite service fills this gap. A care assistant, highly skilled in the care of people with dementia, moves into the client's home and provides substitute care while the normal carer has an extended break. The care assistant helps the person with dementia continue their normal routines and remain in a familiar environment.

About Dementia and the Family Group

Family members of people with dementia often wish to have their loved one stay at home in a familiar environment, surrounded by family support. Providing home care support enables their loved one to continue living with dignity and enhances their quality of life.

Dementia can be caused by a variety of different conditions. Some of these are temporary and pass as a person recovers. Others involve a progressive decline in a person's condition and increasingly complex symptoms such as challenging behaviours, confusion, wandering or even aggression. Complex symptoms of dementia can dramatically increase the demands on carers. Many carers of people with advanced dementia are providing support or on call 24-hours per day, 365 days per year. These demands can become overwhelming.

Needless to say, the service KinCare provides improves the sustainability of carer relationships and improves the mental health and quality of life of carers and people with dementia.

The extension of this program demonstrates the value the Australian government places on providing support for carers, and it also recognises the vital role KinCare's service plays.

Carmel Court
Sales and Marketing Manager at KinCare
+61 2 88316683

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Press Release Submitted On: April 24, 2012 at 9:03 am
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