How to support people living with dementia staying at home

Type: Video 42 minutes
Supporting Aged Care Quality Standard: 1 2 4 5

The first in series of three webinars exploring how a family home can be bolstered to reduce the burden of dementia, what moving house might mean, and how a new home can still be supportive.

This webinar, delivered 19 October 2021, looked how to support someone living with dementia staying at home. Our home is one of the greatest supports we have for maintaining independence, daily routines and meaningful activities.

This webinar included discussion of:

  • the symptoms of dementia, sensory challenges, and how this can affect a person and their family
  • the importance of retained abilities, maximising autonomy, and seeing our home as a support
  • ways a home can be adapted to suit changing needs and counter cognitive decline

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Dr Hilton Koppe

Dr Hilton Koppe is a general practitioner from Lennox Head. Hilton combines his clinical work with an active role in medical education. Since 2017, Hilton has been working with the team at University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and with Dementia Training Australia to develop and deliver innovative education programs to assist with the recognition, diagnosis and management of dementia in the general practice setting. Hilton also runs creative writing workshops for doctors and health professionals with the goal of deepening their compassion, overcoming professional isolation and reducing the risk of burn out.

Dr Stephanie Daly

Dr Stephanie Daly is a specialist GP in Dementia. She is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She has completed post graduate training in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford in the UK. Throughout her career she has worked in the aged care setting as well as acute hospital units. She has worked alongside a variety of professionals including geriatricians, psycho-geriatricians and other GP’s and nurse colleagues. In the UK she ran a GP led memory assessment service, providing early diagnosis for patients with cognitive impairment. More recently since moving to Australia she has become an advocate for patients living with Dementia and has facilitated the practice she works at becoming one of the first dementia friendly (Dementia Australia approved) GP surgery’s in Australia. She also works as an educator with Dementia Training Australia and is passionate about education in leading to improved outcomes for patients and their families.

Jason Burton

Jason Burton trained as a Mental Health Nurse in the UK in the late 1980’s. He has specialised in supporting people living with dementia and their families for over 30 years, both in the U.K. and in Australia across a wide range of care settings including hospital, primary care, community and residential. After immigrating to Australia in 1999, Jason took up a position with Alzheimer’s Australia WA and led the organisation’s focus on developing innovative dementia care and practice, research and establishing evidence-based services and emerging sector partnerships. He currently leads a national project for Dementia Training Australia and is Principal Consultant at Dementia360. Jason has academic and practice experience in developing contemporary enabling environments for people with dementia through dementia design and implementing person centred approaches both in care and health services, and in dementia friendly communities.

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