Signs that help is needed

It can be challenging knowing when ‘the right time’ is to start looking at extra support.


Signs that help is needed

Sudden or Gradual?

Sometimes the need to discuss extra support is sudden, for example, if you have had a fall, accident or stroke. Otherwise, the need for care can emerge gradually, if, for instance, there are progressive changes in your family member’s behaviour. To read more about what signs to look out for and how to prepare go to My Aged Care.

You, as a carer, need a break

Caring for a partner, family member or friend is an important and demanding role. It can be incredibly rewarding and also very difficult. Information and services are available to support you so that you can continue to provide the best support possible, whilst also looking after your own health and wellbeing.

For more information on looking after yourself, go to the My Aged Care website.

More information on Benetas’ respite services.

Memory loss concerns

Early symptoms of dementia vary. Usually, though, people first seem to notice that there is a problem with memory, particularly in remembering recent events. Other early warning signs and symptoms can be:

• Loss of ability to perform everyday tasks
• Confusion
• Apathy and withdrawal
• Mood changes 

A correct diagnosis is important, as the above symptoms can vary greatly and not necessarily mean dementia. For more information on understanding the signs of dementia go to Alzheimer’s Australia.

So what can I do next?

To determine what type of care you are eligible for and what assistance you can receive, you need to be assessed as eligible by your local Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS). Your GP or hospital social worker can refer you for an assessment.

Benetas can talk though your changing needs and see if we can provide you with a suitable service. Please contact us for more information, and to get the ball rolling.
1300 23 63 82