Nightingale Program

Dementia Care. Family Support.

The Nightingale Program is a palliative model of care, provided by specialist nurses throughout South Australia. The program provides strategies and advice to support people living with dementia, their families and care providers with a focus on promoting choice and well-being. The program is funded by The Rosemary Foundation for Memory Support and Country SA PHN Ageing Well in Place initiative.

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
  • Avoid unnecessary presentations to acute hospital settings
  • Clinical advice including co-morbidity management, pain management, delirium and palliation.

The many benefits of the Nightingale Program include:

  • Specialist nursing advice
  • Comprehensive and holistic nursing assessment, which will identify current issues and anticipate changing needs
  • Referral to other service providers as needed
  • Continuity of care, offering a single point of contact for guidance
  • 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

Download the Nightingale Program brochure