We need your urgent help to give specialist care – as well as respect and dignity – to people living with dementia.
Every 6 minutes, another person is diagnosed with dementia in Australia. That means by the time you finish reading this, another person will have been told they have dementia. So Alzheimer’s WA can be there to care for and support this growing need, we need your help.
Please donate to help Alzheimer’s WA train more support workers.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care has brought to the public’s attention the challenges and difficulties many people living with dementia face in accessing the support that they need. It has highlighted the impact that a lack of quality care can have on a person. We believe this can be different and that through dementia-specialist training and education Alzheimer’s WA can improve the lives of people with dementia in Western Australia.
A gift from you today will help us train and educate more people to provide dementia-specialist support and care. Please be there for people living with dementia and their carers and help us improve the quality of their lives. Please donate today.
Your gift will help us train more support workers to provide high quality dementia-specialist care that really does give more life to people living with dementia. It will help loved ones stay together longer.
We recall a story told to me by Edna who cares for her husband, John. Edna desperately needed medical treatment for herself.
“I tried to book my husband into one of the Alzheimer’s WA Houses but they were fully booked, so I booked him into a secure dementia wing in another residential care facility instead.
“When I picked him up afterwards the staff said ‘we won’t have this man here again, he’s rude, he’s aggressive, and abusive.’
“I was devastated. I didn’t know what to do.”
When we heard Edna’s story, we were devastated for them both. Their experience didn’t have to be that way. John was probably feeling confused and frightened, left in a strange place, with strange people who were not trained to meet his needs.
Then, we heard the rest of the story…
“Needing further treatment I rang the manager at one of the Alzheimer’s WA Houses, told her what had happened and I said can you fit my husband in?
“The staff said sure we can have him and booked him in for the week.
“At the end of the week when I came to get him, they loved him, he loved them, and he didn’t want to go home.”
This is why we are so passionate about helping people living with dementia to access the right care and support for them. We may not yet have a cure but we can make a big difference to the lives of people with dementia with skilled and well trained support workers.
To develop a support worker with dementia-specialist training costs around $5,000. We are committed to ensuring all support workers are dementia experts so they can improve the lives of people living with dementia but we need your help to achieve this.
The sooner you send in your donation, the sooner we can change the life of the next person diagnosed with dementia.
To show you just how much difference your support makes, please read this letter written to us by Dorothy. Dorothy and her husband Bill came to us when Bill was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia. We’ve summarised the most important parts below:
“When my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s… our doctor gave me an important piece of advice. He said ‘contact Alzheimer’s WA’. It was one of the best things I ever did.”
“I was lucky enough to get Bill into the wonderful Mary Chester House. Bill thoroughly enjoyed his three years there.”
“My sincere thanks to Alzheimer’s WA. I don’t know how I would have coped without you.”
We are sure you will agree with that every person living with dementia deserves the best possible care and support, just like Dorothy and Bill. Please send in your donation today.
We are so thankful for people like you
PS. Without good care, more people with dementia will decline sooner. Help us to give a longer, happier life to the next person diagnosed with dementia and keep them with their loved ones longer. Please send in your donation as soon as possible before the June 30 tax deadline.