There’s no place like home. We could all agree on that, including those who are diagnosed with Dementia. Dementia is the only and most common cause of disability in Australians aged 65 years old and above. The disability burden on families alone could be damaging emotionally and financially.
Dementia patients, whether they’re disabled or able-bodied, wouldn’t have aged care services if it’s not performed in their homes. According to an April 2015 study by Boston University, Dementia patients who receive aged care services including hospice care in their homes are more likely to be satisfied.
Best Benefits of Aged Care at Home
The best thing you can do for an aged Dementia patient is to put them in the place where they were once well and alert. Putting them in a home care might help them feel that they are home—that they still have a home. Unlike with nursing homes where family ties might get weakened, home care opens more access to family and personal, low-costing services like grooming or hospice.
Also, with home care, there is less disorientation and alienation to a Dementia patient who might wander around. Home routines are easier to modify because the patient is usually the only one who adjusts to it.
Better Private Home Care Packages
The government’s involvement in developing home care for aged clients is significant. A study by the Western Michigan University in 2008 about the impact of policy on benefit use echoes this. They found that government policies indeed shape the agencies’ approach to delivering health care services to their clients.
Previously in Australia, it was just the approved and government funded agencies that can provide aged care at home. The good news is that last February 27, 2017, Australian Department of Health has recently implemented the increasing of package opportunities and loosening of eligibility restrictions in clients who need aged care in their homes. This is an advantage, especially to children of Dementia-diagnosed clients who want to live separately but nearly to their parents and monitor them regularly. Since clients can change their home care provider anytime because of the latest implementation, moving closer to their children in a new city and finding a new provider would be easy.
The newly implemented change means more client-focused criteria for providing home care. This is better because clients’ conditions and home care needs are widely diverse. For Dementia patients, it’s now possible for them to choose the best aged care package that caters specifically to their attention and memory-related needs.
What the future holds
The Australian government is optimistic with the new implementation. The updated policies of aged care at home will pave ways for an even better, consumer-focused aged care platform in the future. A market-based aged care system would overlook the services and performance of home care agents. Less regulation means faster services for clients who get stuck with processing their eligibility. With a few modifications in the house, assisting gadgets, and well-intentioned caring, a Dementia patient would gladly live and eventually leave in peace.