Dementia Care Projects

Eight innovative projects are improving the quality of dementia care in areas identified as priorities by consumers. Most of the projects are still in development, and will not start to deliver changes in practice until later 2013.
Browse the project sites below for more information.

Dementia Enabling Environments Project (DEEP)

Jason Burton, AAWA & Prof Richard Flemming, NSW/ACT Dementia Training Studies Centre
Developing an enabling environment for a person living with dementia can make a significant difference to independence, quality of life and wellbeing.

Start2Talk. Advance care planning for people with dementia

Dr Chris Shanley, Liverpool Hospital, NSW, with Alzheimer's Australia NSW
Advance care planning allows people to think ahead and talk about the kind of care they'd like at the end of their lives, in case they no longer have the capacity to do so when the time comes.

Improving staff-family relationships for people with dementia living in residential care

Dr Michael Bauer, Australian Centre for Evidence-Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, with Alzheimer's Australia Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania.

This site offers a range of strategies and resources for staff, facilities and families to build better staff-family relationships. Knowing how to develop a relationship with the family and how to encourage and support this relationship is important for everyone in the facility, from the … Continue Reading »

Integrated care framework for advanced dementia

A/Prof Meera Agar, HammondCare, with Alzheimer's Australia NSW

This project is turning an existing framework and resources for dementia-specific palliative care into a national web-based resource which will be promoted to aged care providers around Australia through training and education programs and through integration into the national Care Search website.

The website is … Continue Reading »

Heart Foundation Walking: Active Body Active Brain

Michelle Wilson, Heart Foundation, and Lenore de la Perrelle, ACH Group, with Alzheimer's Australia SA
The Heart Foundation Walking program promotes physical health and wellbeing by encouraging people to take part in one of 1,200 volunteer-led walking groups throughout Australia. This project will build on the successful Heart Foundation program by training volunteer walk leaders, and program coordinators to include people with dementia in the walking groups. It will also develop a number of walking groups specifically for people with dementia around Australia.

Person-centred dementia support in the community

Dr David Sykes, Alzheimer's Australia Vic and Dr Chris Hatherly, Alzheimer's Australia National Office
Over 60% of people with dementia live in their own homes in the community, and many of these individuals receive various types of support from community care organisations. However, there are very few resources or guidelines available to assist community care providers deliver best-practice, person-centred dementia care. This project will develop an evidence-based framework for person-centred support of people living with dementia in the community and an organisational self-assessment tool, and will support community care providers to use the resources to improve the provision of person-centred dementia support in the community.