Benetas lights the way for people with memory loss
7 June 2012

Benetas lights the way for people with memory loss

Benetas recently launched a new and innovative Memory Loss and Dementia Service to improve the lives of people living with dementia at home with their families.

Sandra Hills, Benetas CEO, said the new service, which took two years to develop is improving the quality of life for people living with dementia, their carers and families.

“We created this new service because as people come to need our support, whether in residential care or in-home care, they consistently tell us that they struggle to cope with caring for someone with dementia in the family home,” Ms Hills said.

“With this insight from our clients and families, combined with our experience as an aged care provider and knowledge that people want to live at home for as long as possible, we knew we had to come up with a solution.”

The unique service offers highly qualified advisors who meet with families and carers to develop a tailored plan to support the individual with dementia and the family. The tailored plan provides referrals and connections to the right services, advice on home safety and behaviour management and advice on what future medical, legal and financial arrangements can be made.

“Our service helps families make sense of the maze of doctors, departments and services that so often leave people feeling anxious, frustrated and alone,” Ms Hills said.

“Most importantly, it delivers an individualised, tailored plan that addresses the specific challenges facing families caring for someone with dementia.”

For those caring for someone with memory loss or dementia, it can be a battle to keep their loved one at home.

Carolie Kerry’s mother, Florence, 94, began showing symptoms of memory loss six years ago and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease sometime later.

“We didn’t really know how bad it had got until my father became unwell,” said Carolie. “Dad had put in place all these strategies to make sure mum didn’t hurt herself. He was focussed on keeping them both safe and living together at home.

“He’d make sure his chair in the lounge room was positioned perfectly so that he could see when mum had turned on the stove,” said Carolie.

“He had to watch her all the time, which became really difficult as Dad got sick.

“It’s a big responsibility keeping someone with memory loss at home, but we knew that while mum still had a quality of life and we could manage it, that we would do it for as long as possible.

“It would have been good to have specialist advice about where to go and what to do once we knew mum had memory problems,” said Carolie. “We had to work through it ourselves."

Click here for more information on the memory loss and dementia service.