Alzheimer’s WA is taking a proactive and cautious approach to COVID-19 (coronavirus) as some of our clients and carers may be in the high-risk category for the virus. Our priority is to protect our community including staff, clients and their families, advocates, students, partners and our visitors.
We are monitoring the situation daily and taking advice from the Department of Health. We are ensuring our protocols are best practice and offering alternatives services to our clients, carers, students and partners.
This has an impact on the availability of some services and change of delivery of other services. We are looking at additional ways we can continue to support our clients and adapt to the changing environment that coronavirus has created.
In this time of uncertainty, our focus is on continuing to support our community. Our services continue to ensure carers have a break and our clients have the opportunity to receive therapy, clinical support and socialisation.
We are here to support you and help you in any way we can. Please contact us on 1300 66 77 88 if you need any assistance and we will do our best to help you and/or point you in the right direction.
At Alzheimer’s WA, we want to support you to live as well as possible with dementia.
One of the ways we can do this is with our therapy and health services. We understand that dementia impacts people differently so our services are tailored to help you adjust to the changes you are experiencing. We aim to support you in areas that you are experiencing difficulty with. We hope this will enable you to continue to live as independently as possible while engaging in the activities that you love.
Our therapy and health services include, but are not limited to: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology and social work.
The types of services you choose to access may change according to your needs, however it is beneficial to access these services as early as possible and to continue to utilise these services as the dementia progresses.
Some of the ways these services can support you include:
Occupational therapists are qualified health professionals who specialise in enabling people with injury or disability, including dementia, to continue participating in everyday life and to retain their existing abilities for as long as possible. Whether you need help with managing your appointments, independent showering and dressing or preparing meals, our occupational therapists will work with you in your own home and provide you with practical strategies to complete tasks independently and safely.
Physiotherapy can assist you to maintain your fitness and mobility, helping to prevent falls and keep you on your feet for as long as possible.
Provide counselling services around the impact of dementia on you, your family and your relationships. Assistance with some legal documents to support and protect you, including: Enduring Powers of Attorney and Guardianship, Advance Care Plans and End of Life discussions.
Our therapy services are available through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), home care packages, or privately. Privately funded services may be eligible for a Medicare rebate with a referral from your GP, or contact your private health insurer regarding rebates on private services (no GP referral required).
To access services or to find out more please contact us on 1300 66 77 88 or email us.
- Dementia Therapy Services – Occupational therapy brochure
- Talking to your GP about occupational therapy