A new government-funded program which aims to support older South Australians living with dementia to stay at home for as long as possible.
The Staying at Home in Regional South Australia program offers short-stay respite care, where the person living with dementia and their carer stay together on retreat with others for up to three days and two nights away, with 24/7 staff support.
The program focuses on enabling people living with dementia and their carer to experience quality respite care, wellbeing and engagement opportunities with targeted support. The person living with dementia and their carer participate together.
The carer may be a spouse/partner, child or other significant friend or family member.
The program runs as a partnership between the carer and care recipient. Day retreats are also possible, with a wellness focus for the carer and meaningful engagement opportunity for the person living with dementia for the care recipient. Eligibility is for people living with mild to moderate dementia and their carer.
In 2024, retreats will be held in the Riverland (three-day retreat on 12–14 March), Cockatoo Valley (three-day retreat on 7–9 May), and Victor Harbor (single-day retreats on 8 and 15 July).