Updated: Sep 16
As always, we are responding to demands from carers to curate more useful content for everyone. In the last month or so, we have added:
a new Topic on “Repetition and dementia”
new Sections “Companion cards” and Victorian Carers Card under the Topic “Subsidies and support to help the carer”
a new Section on the the MLAK system under the Topic “Incontinence and dementia”.
Repetition and dementia
Repetition, such as repeating a word, a question, activity or an action can pose a challenge for both the person with dementia and the carer.
This new Topic outlines common repetition challenges and strategies to manage them, including repetitive behaviours, questioning, phone calls and more.
Section update for the Topic "Subsidies and support to help the carers"
We have added two new Sections under this Topic. The “Companion card program” section for each state guides families to information on the program, which supports the person with dementia to participate in community and social activities more easily, by offering free or subsidised tickets to the carer.
Victoria also offers a similar but additional program called the “Carers Card”, which offers extra subsidised activities in collaboration with businesses and organisations.
You can find both Sections under the Topic “Subsidies and support to help the carer”.
The MLAK system and continence
We know incontinence can be challenging to both the person with dementia and the carer to go out and participate in social activities. We previously included the National Public Toilet Map to assist with this.
But what do you do if it’s outside normal business hours and the public facilities are not open? Our friend and supporter Kerri-Anne has kindly suggested that we should include the MLAK system, which stands for the Master Locksmiths Access Key system. This allows the person with dementia and the carer to gain access to dedicated public facilities 24 hours a day!