• Dementia Care

    Supporting people living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and related disorders

    We care about the lives of those living with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other related disorders.

    Image saying "Dementia is a reason to stop, reflect and be present in a busy world.

    Older people are more at risk of developing cognitive disorders such as dementia. These disorders do not define a person, but we need to be aware of them as we interact with people and work together with them to deliver care. We also seek to provide support to families as they face the changes associated with these disorders.

    Cognitive and mental health care are everyone’s business. They’re not just the domain of people who work in health and care services, and it’s more than just a simple process of doing the things that are no longer possible for the person in care. It involves assisting and supporting the person to undertake tasks that they were once able to complete independently.

    Cognitive and mental health care

    Cognitive and mental health care encompass all aspects of life: intellectual, social, cultural and spiritual.

    Resthaven staff and volunteers have much to contribute to this, whether it be in direct care, support for family members, or co-ordination of services and resources. Resthaven provides training and support to help them develop the skills and knowledge to ensure they are competent and confident in what is sometimes challenging but also rewarding work.

    Most Resthaven sites offer secure, welcoming, specifically designed accommodation for people living with dementia. We also offer respite and support programs for people living with dementia. Our staff are trained in how best to support people living with memory loss and confusion and their family members.

    Not everyone with a cognitive or a mental disorder requires specialist mental health services. For many, their care needs can be met by community and personal resources, and the support of primary health care services. However, Resthaven is one of only a very few aged care providers in Australia to employ an advanced practice nurse, as well as a dementia educator, to provide specialist support to assist care staff when there are complex clinical and psychosocial needs.

    We demonstrate our commitment to best practice in dementia care by employing a Dementia Services Advisor to provide specific training to our highly trained staff.

    Specific features and programs include:

    • Lifestyle programs tailored to individual interests and capabilities
    • ‘Music Connections’ – a memory enhancement program
    • Award-winning architecturally designed sensory gardens
    • Memory support units with quiet, reflective spaces
    • Secure living environments
    • Dementia-focussed palliative care resources.
    • Making Minds Matter (A Cognitive Stimulation Therapy program)

    Read more about Making Minds Matter by clicking here

    About Dementia

    Older lady walking with carer under pink tree

    Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing.

    It affects the brain, thinking, behaviour and ability to undertake daily tasks and social interaction.

    A person with dementia is an individual, with unique life experiences. Their memory loss or other symptoms affect not only them, but their family, friends, community and society.

    People with dementia have:

    • a right to personal and environmental safety, legal and financial protection, intimacy, social interaction, preservation of dignity and a creative, fulfilling lifestyle which recognises their spiritual needs
    • contributed significantly to their community and family during their lives, and should remain an esteemed member of society.


    Living with Dementia

    Resthaven offers a wide range of programs and activities that are appropriate for people with dementia.

    • Lifestyle programs tailored to individual interests and capabilities
    • Respite, providing in-home or centre-based, planned day or overnight respite
    • ‘Music Connections’ – a memory enhancement program
    • Memory support units with quiet, reflective spaces, which relieve stress and enhance feelings of comfort
    • Social Support Groups, including support for people who live alone with memory loss; and centre-based groups offering respite

    Dementia-related Resources

    External Resources

    Resthaven continually seeks out or develops resources to support those with dementia, their families, and carers.

    Some of the resources available are:

    Resthaven dementia specific publications

    Resthaven Port Elliot Dementia GardenResthaven has produced dementia specific publications and resources.

    Click here to view Resthaven’s Dementia specific publications and resources

    Other resources are available from our Publications page.

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