Dementia Care

If you are living with dementia or caring for someone who does, Amana Living is here to support you with specialist expertise and person-centred care.

When someone comes to Amana Living, they have already enjoyed long and rich lives, and have their own unique needs and preferences. We understand this, and we know that people living with dementia are often unable to communicate their concerns clearly.

With the help of family and our own observation, we work out what each person’s individual social, spiritual and emotional needs are, so that we can take a holistic approach to their care.

Helping people with dementia to remain as independent as they want to be is a vital part of what we do. This means drawing on their strengths and abilities in devising structured activities, and paying attention to their environment, such as signage, lighting, prompts and cues.

We also provide support to family and other informal carers, who are often highly stressed and coping alone in supporting the person living with dementia at home.

Staff training is a priority, and fundamental to excellence in dementia care. Our specialist dementia team draw on international best practice in guiding our staff and enhancing the care environment. Amana Living dementia specialists are regularly invited to contribute journal articles at a national level, and our McCusker Nurse Service has won two major industry awards, placing our team among the leaders in dementia care.

Explore this section of the website to find out about the services we provide for people living with dementia and their carers, watch the video below to find out more from our Dementia Specialist, Louise Jones. Or pick up the phone and call us now on 1300 26 26 26.

When you or a loved one receives a diagnosis of dementia, it can be a bewildering time. There are many possible pathways and options, but how do you work out which way to go?

Our dementia services have grown from more than 50 years of experience and draw on international best practice. We provide a range of support, both for the person living with dementia and their families or carers. Below is an overview of our services. You can read more about them by exploring the side menu.

McCusker Nurse Service

This is a free service offered by Amana Living, and is the best place to start if you are within the regions served. Contacting the service at the point of diagnosis gives you the best chance of finding your way through the maze of resources and support available to you.

Respite care

Often people with dementia benefit from short-term respite care, either by coming along to one of our clubs or with a short stay in a residential care centre. This helps to prepare them for a time when they may need longer-term care, and just as importantly, it’s an opportunity for those caring for them at home to have a much-needed break.

Transition care

After a stay in hospital, older people often need more time to regain their independence before returning home. They may also need to make decisions about longer-term living arrangements. This is especially important for people living with conditions affecting cognitive abilities, such as dementia. We therefore offer secure centres with staff who have additional training in dementia care.

Residential care

Seven of our residential centres offer care tailored for people living with dementia: explore the map to find the centre nearest you. Kinross and Bull Creek are currently being developed into dedicated dementia ‘hubs’, with a range of services for people living with dementia and their carers.

Read more about all these services by exploring this section of our website, or call us on 1300 26 26 26 to discuss your needs.

Eligibility will depend on the service you require. This page has an overview; you can find out more by going to the links at the end of each section.

Alternatively, call us on 1300 26 26 26 and we will help you work through the options open to you. Whatever your circumstances, we are here to help you.

Respite and Residential Care

To find out if you are eligible for either respite care or permanent residence in a care centre, you must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team. The first step is to contact your GP who will arrange this assessment for you.

Day respite clubs operate under the Home and Community Care (HACC) scheme. To find out if you are eligible for HACC services, contact us and we will help you.

For more information, go to the following links:

Respite Care Eligibility

Care Centre Eligibility

McCusker Nurse Service

To access the McCusker Nurse Service, you must be living within specific areas north and south of the Swan River in Perth. You may contact the McCusker Nurse Service if:

  • you are caring for a person living with dementia;
  • your family member is living with dementia; or
  • you are experiencing memory loss or have a diagnosis of dementia.

Contact details appear on the McCusker Nurse Service Eligibility page

Transition Care

When an older person is in hospital for an extended period, the hospital treating team may recommend transition care for them before returning home or moving into residential care. The hospital team will arrange an assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team and coordinate a referral to the transition care service.

Go to the Transition Care Eligibility page to find out more.

The person I care for is living with dementia. Are there services that support us both prior to permanent residential care?

McCusker Nurse Service: This is a free service for the carers of those living with dementia. It gives you the best chance of finding your way through the maze of resources and support available to you.

Respite care: Often people with dementia benefit from short-term respite care, either by coming along to one of our clubs or with a short stay in a residential care centre. This is an opportunity for you to have a much-needed break.

Does Amana Living offer permanent residential care for people living with dementia?

Seven of our residential centres offer care tailored for people living with dementia: explore the map to find the centre nearest you. 

How much do dementia services cost?

The cost will depend on the type of respite care you choose and your eligibility for Government support. The McCusker Nurse Service is free and a good place to start if you are eligible. For other services, check the pricing tabs to find out more.

How do I find out if I’m eligible for dementia services?

Depending on your needs and preferences, you may be eligible for Government-subsidised home care or day respite services. We can help you find out what services are available to you and ensure you receive the best care package.

To find out if you are eligible for permanent or respite care in a residential care centre, you must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). Contact your GP to arrange an assessment.

To access the McCusker Nurse Service, you must be living within specific areas north and south of the Swan River in Perth. Go to the eligibility tab for that service to find out more.

Why would I choose Amana Living dementia services?

Our dementia services have grown from more than 50 years of experience and draw on international best practice. Helping people with dementia to remain as independent as they want to be is a vital part of what we do. With the help of family and our own observation, we work out what each person’s individual social, spiritual and emotional needs are, so that we can take a holistic approach to their care.

In addition, we provide support to family and other informal carers, who are often highly stressed and coping alone in supporting the person living with dementia at home.

How can I find the services that are right for us?

The best way to find the right service or package to suit your circumstances is to call us. We’re here to guide you as to the best options for you. Contact us on 1300 26 26 26.