Dementia respite care gets three-year funding boost from Queensland Government
The Queensland Government has announced a $20 million funding boost over the next three years to provide respite care for people with dementia and their carers.
The new money will more than double the $5 million a year in state funding currently provided to carer organisations.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the extra funding honoured a Labor election commitment.
"It is expected that over 100,000 people [in Queensland] could have dementia over the next four years, and we know a lot of people want to stay living in their own home supported by their loved ones," she said.
"This money will enable people to be able to get some respite care so they can continue about their ordinary daily life whether it's going to work or doing the shopping or visiting other family members."
Health Minister Cameron Dick said it would enable more live-in carers of people with dementia to access respite care and expand the hours those centres could operate.
"By 2019, about 75,000 Queenslanders will be living with dementia or similar neurological disorders," he said.
"This funding is about giving a helping hand to those people who deserve it most — carers helping Queenslanders with dementia.
"Individuals with health conditions, if they can live at home for as long as they can, benefit from their own personal perspective because their health is improved because they can live in their home environment where they are comfortable and where their family members can support them."
'People can live well with the right support'
David Mack from Ozcare Queensland said extra money would enable them to employ a specialist team of dementia advisers to support people in transition from home to respite centres.
"We've heard this morning that 350,000 people in Australia are living with dementia," he said.
"But what we don't hear so much about is that many of them are living well with dementia and that's because they have the right support services.
"This funding that's been announced today will help us as service providers ensure that we do our part to enable people to live well with dementia."
Source: ABC News