June 25, 2024

Dementia and cognition supplement funding

People are eligible for the dementia and cognition supplement if they are receiving a home care package and they demonstrate eligibility via one of the Department of Health and Aged Care’s prescribed screening tools.

We discuss how much the supplement is worth and who can do the screening. We explain the different screening tools and when each would be used. Learn who to approach to organize the screening and why people sometimes find getting this process completed difficult.

In this episode:

  • What is the dementia and cognition supplement?
  • Who is eligible?
  • Does the older person need a diagnosis of dementia?
  • Who can screen for eligibility?
  • The prescribed screening tools and when to use them
  • The process after someone has been screened
  • What happens if the person gets a higher level home care package or changes providers?
  • People’s experiences in attempting to get the screening completed


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About Your Aged Care Compass Podcast:

Are you supporting an older loved one at home and ready to give up because it’s just too hard? Your Aged Care Compass is aimed at anyone who is caring for an older loved one who still lives at home and is wondering what support is available to them.

We're Coral and Michelle, the sisters behind our business, See Me Aged Care Navigators.

Coral is a registered nurse with over 30 years’ experience in both health and aged care. A former assessor with the aged care assessment team, an advocate and author, there’s not much Coral doesn’t know about Australia’s aged care system.

Michelle is a former pharmacist with over 30 years in the public health and private sectors of pharmacy. Michelle is now client care manager for our business. 

Our story started as one of supporting our parents to remain in their own home, to be as independent as possible and remain connected to their community. We reached a point however, of needing extra support and we achieved this because we know Australia’s aged care system so well, we knew what programs could assist us and our parents.

This podcast, Your Aged Care Compass, brings together not only our personal experience in supporting our own ageing parents but also our vast professional experience in supporting other families to keep their loved ones at home. 

We will help you makes sense of Australia’s aged care system, from your first contact with My Aged Care through to the different funding streams and assessment workforces, management options for home care packages and extra funding that people might be eligible for.

There's so much more. Topics relating to dementia and legal and financial considerations will be covered, as well as real life stories of where it went wrong for people and how we guided them to get it right.

 Your Aged Care Compass will guide you clearly and compassionately to the right support at the right time for your ageing parents and loved ones. 

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