Abbott's Dementia Care Cuts Hit Home From 1 August

Tony Abbot has axed vital support for people with dementia by cancelling the $16 a day Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement (DSBS) from 1 August.

The DSBS is paid to approved aged care providers to assist with the additional costs of caring for people with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia.

“These cuts will mean that aged care providers may now no longer be able to safely invest in dementia-specific initiatives,” Sharon Bird said.

“The DSBS was used to assist nursing homes to hire specialist staff and invest in new facilities, programs and support resources.  The Abbott Government has scrapped this supplement and provided no other alternative on how they will be funding dementia-specific resources into the future.

From 1 August, providers will have the responsibility of ensuring the welfare and safety of people with dementia but will no longer receive funding support.

“I call on the Abbott Government to provide the aged care sector with some reassurance and leadership.  Our local residents with dementia deserve better than this,” Stephen Jones said.

“Dementia affects many people in our community.  People with dementia require specialised care and they are entitled to receive specialised support programs to help them. 

THURSDAY, 31 JULY 2014