Alzheimer’s Australia (QLD) – Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program
About Younger Onset Dementia
Younger onset dementia is a term used to describe the onset of symptoms of dementia before the age of 65. Based on research evidence, it is estimated that more than 26,000 people in Australia have younger onset dementia.
About The Program
The National Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program provides individualised information and support to improve the quality of life for people with younger onset dementia. The younger onset dementia key worker acts as a primary point of contact for people with younger onset dementia, their families and carers. The key worker provides information, support, counselling, advice and helps consumers effectively engage with services appropriate to their individual needs.This program ensures that the needs of people with younger onset dementia are being met in the community by increasing awareness and education, building capacity in the disability aged care, community and residential care sectors and improving coordination of services across agencies. Key Workers identify and address gaps in services and build capacity through consultation, networking and collaboration with service providers and consumers.
To be eligible for the program, a person must be under the age of 65 when they first make contact with the service or enter the program. This applies to a person who has been diagnosed with younger onset dementia (all forms of), or a person with symptoms of dementia that have not yet been diagnosed.Where a person has symptoms of dementia but has not been diagnosed, a Key Worker can assist the person in obtaining a diagnosis. People with Mild Cognitive Impairment are also eligible for the Program.
How to access key worker services
The best way to access the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program is to call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
Bromilow Home Support Services
Bromilow Home Support Services is a local Sunshine Coast company that provides a range of quality services to help clients in and around their homes. Our aim is to assist clients to maintain their independence and lifestyle in so doing, we hope to enhance their quality of life.
The group is targeted for young people under the age of 65, as well as those who are over 65, yet fit and active and wanting to have some fun.
How often will the group meet?
Initially the group will meet every month in Buderim as its base meeting point and will be facilitated by a Support Worker and Volunteer, both trained in dementia support and communication.
Centacare Community Services
Centacare provides services to assist clients to live independently within our community. Centacare Community Services – Sunshine Coast assists people from the Caloundra area, through to Gympie and the Hinterland. We offer Extended support hours for working carers of people with Dementia at our Gympie Day Respite Centre.
Aged & Disability Advocacy (ADA Australia)
Aged and Disability Advocacy (ADA Australia) is a not-for-profit, independent, community based advocacy and education service with more than 25 years’ experience in supporting and improving the wellbeing of older people and people with disability. ADA’s free, confidential and client directed advocacy support is available for people who are:
- living in residential aged care facilities
- receiving community care services
- receiving Australian Government aged care services
- carers or representatives of clients of the above services
ADA has also provides a guardianship advocacy service which supports adults with guardianship and administration matters including support at tribunal hearings.
Ozcare is a leading not-for-profit organisation of professional and caring individuals. We offer a range of services to help people of all ages and backgrounds, including residential aged care facilities, aged care services, home nursing and care, allied health professionals, respite care, and more.
We have a Dementia Advisory and Support Service which operates all over Queensland – including on the Sunshine Coast, based at an office in Currimundi. Our Dementia Advisors help people living with dementia and their carers to develop skills and knowledge about dementia, to help you live at home with an improved quality of life for as long as possible.
To find out more, go to the Dementia care section on Ozcare’s website or call 1800 692 273.
Help at Home – Sunshine Coast
Anglicare: Weekly event
Sunshine Coast Social Group for people with dementia and others. (not dementia specific)
Free transport. In centre activities (Nambour) and outings. Each client has a care plan which tailor needs to suit each person. E.g. chair yoga for balance
Community Visitors Scheme – As a community visitor you will be asked to set aside some time at least once a fortnight to pay a friendly visit to a resident of an Australian Government subsidised aged care home, or a person in their own home who is receiving a Government funded Home Care Package.
Volunteers can apply to be a visitor.
Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc
Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc is an independent, non-profit community organisation providing legal advice, referrals and education. Our mission is to provide quality legal services to address disadvantage in the Sunshine Coast community using volunteers and staff. Our service delivery is based on the values of respect, independence, effectiveness, integrity and collaboration.
RangeCare is your local, not-for-profit, in-home and respite care provider supporting people to live their best lives.
Having operated for more than 30 years’ delivering quality in-home and respite care services, RangeCare has the experience and expertise to ensure your loved ones receive the kind and compassionate care they need.
Our support workers are thoroughly screened to ensure they are equipped to provide capable care to our clients.
RangeCare’s services include home help, personal care, respite care, social support and nursing care. RangeCare also has a dedicated overnight respite facility in Flaxton. This facility is not secure and is therefore only suitable for low-level dementia care.
RangeCare services the Blackall Range and surrounding areas and can deliver your home care package.
To find out more, visit our website at www.rangecare.com.au, or call 07 5445 7044.