Funding for high-tech help to improve dementia care

The Federal Government will allocate $5.3 million to a pilot project to improve care for people living with dementia, with a particular emphasis on using innovative technologies.

 

Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, said there was a critical need to continue exploring more effective ways to use technology to support people with dementia, as well as their families and carers.

 

“This latest commitment will fund the trialling of technology to improve the quality of life for Australians already living with dementia, from sustaining their independence and enabling them to live in their own homes for longer, to helping families and carers to better understand dementia.”

 

Of the $5.3 million, Dementia Australia will receive initial funding of $1 million in 2018—19 to work with existing technology providers.

 

The remaining $4.3 million will be allocated through a grants process as part of the redesigned National Dementia Support Program.

 

The investment will build on advances made as a result of other innovative projects supported through the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund and the Government’s five-year $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative.

 

“Bedroom technologies such as laser beams, floor sensors and trip lights that alert staff have increased safety for residents, while robots and robotic pets are helping to reduce tension among people with dementia and improving their quality of life.

 

More than 425,000 Australians are currently living with dementia and it is estimated this figure will more than double over the next 30 years.

 

5 August 2018.