The National Dementia Organization says seven in 10 elderly residents live with cognitive impairment, but their carers are not required to have formal dementia training.
This week, Dementia Australia wrote to politicians asking for information on what will be done to implement the findings of the Royal Commission on the Quality and Safety of Care for the Elderly, in the delivery of quality dementia care. .
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said she was calling on ‘all politicians to make sure aged care and dementia are campaign priorities for this election’.
“We need to make sure our aged care staff are supported, well equipped with information, education, to do their best,” she told Sky News Australia.
She said mandatory staff training is one of three key areas Dementia Australia is appealing to, which have yet to be met from recommendations made by the Royal Commission.
“The second area for us is palliative care…the third area is dementia-friendly communities.
“These are communities where people with dementia are included, they are engaged, doing the things they love with the people they love.”