A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that 53% people living in government subsidised residential care in 2008-09 had a medical diagnosis of dementia and that these residents require a higher level of care.
Almost 50% of residents with dementia required the highest levels of care for activities of daily living compared with about 27% of residents without a diagnosis of dementia. Almost 60% of residents with dementia had high needs of assistance in behaviour compared to less than 20% of other residents.
The report, commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing, comes just weeks before the Productivity Commission hands down its final report and recommendations on the future of Australian aged care.
“Dementia needs to be centre-stage in any aged care reform, the majority of residents in aged care facilities have dementia and they have the highest care needs,” said Alzheimer's Australia CEO, Mr. Glenn Rees.
“We are increasingly concerned that the needs of the 269,000 Australians currently living with dementia will not be addressed without major changes to the aged care system.
Read Alzheimer's Australia's media release here.
Download the AIHW report here.