Safety features around the home have made life easier for Jill, who is a full-time carer to her husband Charles, diagnosed with dementia six years ago.
Jill and Charles are happy to be at home with support from ACH Group’s Dementia Advisory Service.
As part of the service, they were visited at home by a dementia advisor who recommended a series of changes be made around the home, including installation of signage in the kitchen area and other rooms to help Charles maintain his independence.
“It is nice to know that there is someone there who knows our story and who we can call on when we need help,” Jill says. “Charles is happy here at home and we want to stay here for as long as we can.”
Charles is a member of ACH Group’s Sing for Joy choir, open to people of all abilities aged 65 and over.
ACH Group’s Dementia Advisory Service was launched 12 months ago to provide tailored services for people living with dementia.
The Service can help someone who has dementia or memory loss in getting a diagnosis, accessing services, staying healthy and living well with the challenges of dementia and coping with changes to independence and relationships.
They can provide professional advice on modifying homes and routines to make life easier, using technology to aid memory, independence and safety, securing reliable support and services, keeping people connected to the community and planning for the future.
ACH Group also offers Carer Support for people who are caring for someone living with dementia, allowing them to take a break or some time out to focus on their own health and wellbeing.
“While dementia can and does have a profound effect on a person’s daily life and that of those around them, with appropriate support and information it is possible to live well with dementia,” ACH Group dementia expert Teresa Moran says.
For more information about how ACH Group can support you to live well with dementia, please call us on 1300 22 44 77 or visit us here.