Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) congratulates the Palaszczuk Government coming good on its election promise for dementia respite

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Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) welcomed yesterday’s $20 million funding commitment by the Palaszczuk Government to provide respite care for Queenslanders living with dementia or neurodegenerative conditions.
“This an important funding boost for Queensland given that by 2019 it is predicted that there could be 76,650 Queenslanders living with dementia” says Victoria Beedle CEO Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld). “70% of people living with dementia are still living in the community. Respite is essential to ensuring carers and family members can continue to care for the person with dementia at home and that people with dementia have access to opportunities for social engagement.”
Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) is delighted that the Queensland Government have honoured their pre-election promise following specific policy advice from Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) on the need for increased funding in dementia respite care in 2015.
“Few respite services currently offer dementia-specific programs. $20 million will make a significant impact to the quality of dementia appropriate respite and increase the likelihood of a carer being able to continue to care for their loved one at home in their community where most people would like to be”, said Victoria Beedle, Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) CEO.

•    Victoria Beedle Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) CEO 
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