Senate finds aged care homes inappropriate for those with younger onset dementia

Senate finds aged care homes inappropriate for those with younger onset dementia

25 June 2015

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the findings of the Senate Inquiry report into the adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia tabled last night in the Senate. 

The findings, particularly recommendation 9, support the common sense view that younger people at risk of going into residential aged care, or about to enter residential aged care, need to be assigned a worker to address their specific needs, including broader carer support. The report recommendations go further in arguing the Younger Onset Dementia Program needs to be extended.

Carol Bennett, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia, said, “We know that residential aged care homes are not the right places for younger people. It is encouraging to see that the Senate not only shares this view, but recommends practical measures to address the problem.

“We only hope that the government will take these Senate recommendations seriously as they consider the future of the successful Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program which has been proven to build capacity in the community sector and reduce the inappropriate placement of young people in residential aged care.

The Senate recognises that people living with younger onset dementia have specific needs. As the report notes, ‘the NDIS has not demonstrated that it has a methodology to provide support services and accommodation that meet the needs of these people.’ The Senate also emphasised the need to work with people now to tailor solutions to their particular situation, not wait for further development of the NDIS.

“Alzheimer’s Australia looks forward to working with the government and the industry to ensure people with younger onset dementia get the care they deserve.”


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Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@alzheimers.org.au


Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 342,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.


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Dementia is a National Health Priority Area


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