Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:25

Submission on Dementia and Veterans' Supplements in Aged Care Consultation Paper

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Dementia and Veterans’ Supplements in Aged Care Consultation Paper of April 2013. We welcome the recognition of the additional care needs of people with dementia and mental health issues receiving support from residential and home care services. The following comments and questions of clarification are provided on the Consultation Paper.

We welcome the less stringent requirement for a medical diagnosis of dementia. It has been our experience that despite our best efforts, GPs can be reluctant to diagnose a person with dementia where this is culturally sensitive, or the spouse or family is experiencing difficulty accepting changes in their relative’s health (which is quite often the case when a person starts receiving care in the home). We would support the ability to have supplement eligibility carry over into residential aged care while a formal diagnosis is pursued.

Additional Info

  • Submitted to: Australian Government
  • Regarding: Dementia and Veterans' Supplements in Aged Care Consultation Paper April 2013
  • Date Submitted: Wednesday, 22 May 2013
  • Contact Name: UnitingCare Australia
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  • Contact Phone: 02 6249 6717
  • Policy area(s): Ageing