Nightingale Program

Dementia Care. Family Support.

The Nightingale Program is a palliative model of care, provided by specialist nurses, under the auspices of Dementia Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. It provides strategies and advice to support people living with dementia, their families and care providers with a focus on promoting choice and well-being during all stages of diagnosis. The program is funded by The Rosemary Foundation for Memory Support.

How we help

Using a person-centred approach, we can develop care strategies to enable people living with dementia to:

  • Stay at home longer and maximise their independence
  • Promote quality of life and positive relationships
  • Have a voice in their future care options and decision making by planning ahead
  • Avoid unnecessary presentations to acute hospital settings
  • Clinical advice including: pain management, delirium, incontinence, and palliation.

The many benefits of the Nightingale Program include:

  • Specialist nursing advice
  • Comprehensive and holistic nursing assessment, which will identify current issues, anticipate changing needs, and refer to other service providers
  • Continuity of care, offering a single point of contact for advice
  • Advice provided in home, residential aged care, community and hospital settings
  • Consultation in the development of advance care directives for future health care needs
  • Education and emotional support to support family and carers
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork

How do I contact the Nightingale Program?

For more information, contact the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 or helpline.nat@dementia.org.au