Dementia Australia calls on politicians to prioritize aged care

The nation’s Peak Dementia Organization says seven out of 10 aged care residents live with cognitive impairment, but their caregivers are not required to have formal dementia training.

Dementia Australia wrote to politicians this week asking for information on what will be done to implement the Royal Commission’s findings in Aged Care Quality and Safety in providing quality care for dementia.

Maree McCabe, CEO of Dementia Australia, says he is asking “all politicians to ensure that aged care and dementia are electoral priorities for this election.”

“We need to make sure our aged care workforce is supported, is well equipped with information, with education, to do the best they can do,” he told Sky News Australia.

He said compulsory education for staff is one of the three key areas required by Dementia Australia, which have not yet been met by the recommendations made by the Royal Commission.

“The second area for us is about palliative care… the third area is dementia-friendly communities.

“These are communities where people living with dementia are included, they are engaged, they do the things they love with the people they love.”