Monday, April 06, 2009

Free support for dementia caregivers in Australia

Wow, I wish we had this here in the U.S.  Not sure if I get any traffic from Australia, but here's the info in case I do.  Emphasis mine.

Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service free from Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld)
The Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS), administered in Queensland by Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld), provides free support for people caring for someone with dementia whose behaviour is having an impact on their care.
The service works directly with family carers, clinicians, community care organisations and those working in aged care facilities to help them better understand and care for people with dementia.
The DBMAS clinically-trained team assesses individual cases where there are challenging behaviours associated with dementia to develop strategies and plans to meet the specific needs of each client.
Queensland carers can contact DBMAS on 1800 699 799 at any time of the day or night. Qualifying situations will be assessed free of charge and appropriate referrals to other support services can also be made.
For more information email or click here.

1 comment:

elanor said...

Hi :) I'm from downunder, we have some good support services here but some are very difficult to access, particuarly in rural areas.
Carers australia provide a support line, 6 free counselling sessions a year and help with respite. One of the problems though is that just is not enough respite beds, and you can wait months and months to get a place. I also found the services were not really set up to support working carers, as I was, but more carers who don't work.
I've been reading your blog for a long time, saw this post and thought I'd say hello :)