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Dementia Support Australia

Dementia Support Australia (DSA) is a free nationwide support service for people living with dementia and their carers.

Accredited consultants provide advice and recommendations to people who care for someone with dementia whose behaviours are a risk to themselves or others. Dementia Support Australia offers support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout Australia.

Vision and mission

Dementia Support Australia aims to:

  • improve the quality of life and care for people with dementia and their carers;
  • up-skill, assist and support aged care providers in improving care for people with dementia and related behaviours; and
  • ensure care services for people with dementia are responsive to their individual and diverse needs and circumstances.

How Dementia Support Australia can help

DSA provides a three-level support service based on the needs of the person with dementia

  • Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS)
  • Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT)
  • Needs Based Assessment Program which determines eligibility for the Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP)

Each support service can be accessed independently. DSA identifies the optimal service level for each client via a team of health professionals with extensive experience of supporting people living with dementia.

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Last reviewed: August 2021

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Continence and Using the Toilet - Dementia Support Australia

People with dementia may face a number of difficulties with using the toilet, particularly as the illness progresses.

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Dementia Support Australia - Available wherever you are located - Dementia Support Australia

Living in a rural or remote location should never lead to feeling disconnected from support, particularly when caring for someone living with dementia

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Understanding the impact of trauma and stress for LGBTI people with dementia - Dementia Support Australia

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My life living with dementia - Dementia Support Australia

Agnes Houston shares some of her unexpected sensory challenges living with dementia.

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Needs Based Assessment Program (NBA) - Dementia Support Australia

The NBA Program provides nationally consistent assessment for eligibility into the Specialist Dementia Care Program.

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Tips for Staying Connected During a Pandemic - Dementia Support Australia

Restrictions from visiting family members with dementia in aged care are in place due to COVID-19. It is important that people know there are ways to stay connected to those they are caring for.

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Helping Your Family Member with Dementia Move into Residential Aged Care - Dementia Support Australia

Adjusting to living in aged care can be especially difficult for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person who is living with dementia and may not understand why they cannot stay at home or be on Country. This helpsheet provides ideas to help your family member feel more at home in aged care and keep connection with family, community and country.

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How to Support Someone Living with Dementia who is Feeling Anxious Due to the Pandemic - Dementia Support Australia

If a person with dementia is anxious, carers may notice a change in their behaviour such as becoming irritable, being unusually quiet, asking for reassurance and not wanting to be alone. Anxiety can also cause unpleasant physical symptoms including shortness of breath, sweating, palpitations, stomach aches, or headaches.

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How to help a person with dementia who has pain - Dementia Support Australia

It is sometimes hard to know if a family member with dementia has pain because they might not want to talk about it, not want to appear weak, or they cannot talk about it. This helpsheet provides family and community with tips to recognise and understand pain, and some ideas that can help.

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Building Capacity - Dementia Support Australia

Capacity building: Increased competence through knowledge translation, knowledge acquisition, and group discussion.

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