While our two dementia ‘hubs’ are developed in Perth’s northern and southern metro areas, our dementia specialists continue to provide support in our care centres and the wider community. Tim Nayton (GM Health Care) shares an update on progress towards our vision for dementia care.
The two dementia service centres in Bull Creek and Kinross are central to our vision for the future – to become leaders in the field of dementia care – and we’re well on the way to realising it.
Both sites already house dementia-specific residential and respite care, and each has a McCusker Nurse supporting the carers of people living with dementia. The extensions will allow the sites to become integrated centres, with a wider range of care and services.
At Bull Creek (Lefroy Hostel), an 18-bed extension is due to be completed later this year. These will be transition care places, accommodating older people with dementia who require restorative care following a stay in hospital.
The planned extension at Kinross Care Centre will incorporate 21 transition care places, as well as 22 additional residential beds, and interdisciplinary training rooms. Both centres will provide a full range of clinical, therapeutic, personal and social support.
Younger people with dementia
The day respite centre in Bull Creek, Lefroy Day Club, now offers activity programs once a week specifically for younger people living with dementia.
Early Birds outings are planned in consultation with the clients and may include hikes in the hills, bowling or simple activities such as having morning tea at the local cafe followed by a movie.
Depending on demand, we hope to roll Early Birds out to Kinross Day Club too.
Getting the experts together
We were very excited to see the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference come to Perth this year. We took the opportunity to invite the real experts – people living with dementia – to attend this key event as our guests.
One of the sponsored delegates was Jan Willems, who attended with his wife, Gail. The couple are supported by our McCusker Nurse Service and were keen to learn more about the research being undertaken around the world.
We were very pleased to be able to sponsor them to attend this conference. It was also a great opportunity, of course, for our dementia specialists to share learning with inspirational minds from around the globe.