If you or someone you care for has a diagnosis of dementia, you will probably have questions about what it means, what to do and who can help - both in the short term and in planning for the future. The most important thing to understand is that help is available. Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing process. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia.

Dementia is not a single, specific disease. It is an umbrella term for a syndrome associated with more than 100 different diseases that are characterised by the impairment of brain functions, including language, memory, perception, personality and cognitive skills. Although the type and severity of symptoms and their pattern of development varies with the type of dementia, onset is usually gradual and the disease is progressive and irreversible.

Caring for someone with dementia can have a great impact on caregivers and they can feel quite overwhelmed. They also need support to maintain their mental and emotional wellbeing and physical health.As a carer for your loved ones, you might have difficulty managing number of issues when your loved one is suffering from dementia. Start Nursing Services use highly experienced Registered Nurses, Assistants Nurses and Personal Care Assistants with adequate knowledge in dementia and dementia related issues to assist you and your love ones in a professional manner.

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) provides basic maintenance, support and care services for older people who need assistance to keep living independently at home and in their community. People eligible for Home Care Packages may be eligible for the Dementia and Cognition Supplement. More information on Home Care Packages can be found at the My Aged Care website.Complementing the CHSP and Home Care Packages Programme, a range of respite options is available which includes in-home respite, centre-based day respite, overnight or weekend respite, community access respite and consumer-directed respite care.