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Dementia Care

Remembering the faces I love. That's my focus.

Personalised dementia support that promotes independence, helping you stay in your own home, where memory and recall is strongest.

Dementia Care

One of Australia’s leading dementia home care providers

Your identity is made from your stories, and the people you know and love. Drawing on Montessori techniques, our personalised, at-home dementia support will work with your strengths to retain memories of the stories, people and skills that can help you live independently for longer.

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An innovative approach

The Montessori Method

Using best practice methodologies and drawing from our own experience of caring for loved ones with dementia, Focus Care has developed an innovative and personalised approach to dementia care designed specifically for people living at home.

We focus on each client’s individual strengths, needs and potential. We support each of our clients living with dementia within their own home where associated memory and recall is at its strongest.

Dementia Care Services

Our personal approach available to
 all Focus Care clients

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Montessori method

With a focus on empowerment, this 100 year old practice creates positive outcomes by putting people at the centre of their own care.

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Dementia-friendly home

Home is where the memories are. We’ll assess your home and suggest small changes that can make a big difference to everyday life.

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Carer respite

Think of us as an extra pair of hands to help out, creating more quality time with those you love.

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Matching

Whether shared language and culture, or a common interest, we carefully match carers to help form stronger connections.

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Creating routine

We schedule visits to suit your needs and routine, helping create a familiar structure to your week.

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Health and fitness

We partner with physiotherapists and allied health professionals to offer the support you need to stay active.

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Introducing our 'Montessori In Focus' Program

A program designed to achieve the best outcomes for people living at home with dementia

Outcomes for clients include reduced agitation and anxiety, slower cognitive decline, remaining independent at home for longer and improvements in physical function.

Here are the 6 steps of the Montessori in Focus program:

1
Understanding the person behind the dementia

We’ll get to know you as an individual,  to help us structure an approach around your needs.

2
Putting together a tailored plan

We’ll work with you and your family to shape a wellbeing plan based around physical, cognitive and social needs.

3
Making your home dementia-friendly

We’ll help you make small changes to your home to help support your independence.

4
Introducing your support workers

We’ll match you to support workers who share your interests, and ensure they’re trained in your unique needs.

5
Regular check-ins

We’ll regularly review your services to ensure the care you require reflects your needs as they change over time.

6
Online training for families

Whether you’re the parent, or the child, having dementia in the family takes some adjusting. Our resources can help.

Testimonials

What our clients are saying

My parents require 24 hour care. I was renewing my vows and requested 24 hour care over two days for both of my parents. Focus Care worked very hard for this to happen, with two support workers attending for both parents. I was very happy with the carers and dedication - I could not have done it without them. Thank you so much.
Bianca
Daughter of two Home Care Package clients
I'm so impressed with your company, that is beyond joke. Especially my Care Manager. She is a person that provides assurance and friendship. But it started (my impression of your company) when I met Manal. She is soooo good at what she does. I met Virginia (Carer), a real asset for your company. I thank Focus for being a real professional company and having responded so nicely. 
Dimitri
Home Care Package client
Communication by phone and email is always easy with the team. All enquiries are answered promptly and staff go out of their way to accommodate our requests. Always friendly. Staff Carers are always excellent and love their job.
Joan
Focus Care client

Dementia FAQs

Have a question about Dementia?

Dementia is something we’re all aware of, but without personal experience, it can be hard to understand. We’ve answered a few FAQs below, but please reach out if there’s anything else we can help with.

Not yet. But with the right support, the condition can be managed. At Focus Care, we use the Montessori approach to manage dementia, helping people stay independent for longer.

You may have heard of the Montessori approach to education and childcare, but it has great results when applied to aged care too.

Based on the philosophy of a famous Italian doctor named Dr Maria Montessori, the Montessori Method has been a respected practice for over 100 years. When applied to dementia care, the person-centred approach, with its focus on empowerment, promotes independence wherever possible. How? By working with people’s strengths, in order to create opportunities, give older people choices and promote meaningful engagement.

Dementia care is covered in the government’s Home Care Packages. In fact, the government also offers a dementia and cognition supplement for home care. The supplement is available to people with a Home Care Package who have moderate to severe cognitive impairment.

Government funds from your Home Care Package and your dementia supplement can be put towards our Montessori for Dementia program and any of our home care services.

Head here for full details on Home Care Packages, who is eligible and how to apply.

As you can imagine, the science and research around dementia changes all the time. We practice the Montessori Method – an innovative form of dementia care that focuses on maintaining a connection to the familiar, to help people maintain memory for longer. And that works best in your own home.

A familiar environment is key to effective dementia support. Not only does it support existing memories and routines, but it makes it easier for support workers to identify problem areas, and find ways to manage them. We find care at home the most effective way to offer tailored support.

The earlier you seek support, the easier it can be to manage cognitive decline. If you’re familiar with the early signs of dementia, consider who would be the best person to raise the subject – choose someone the person showing signs of dementia trusts.

Plan specific, natural ways to begin the conversation. You can say generic things such as “I’ve been thinking about my care plans for when I’m older. Have you thought about yours?”. Alternatively, you could gently ask whether they’ve noticed the same changes in themselves that you have. It’s likely they’ll deny having trouble with their memory at first, but by being supportive, reassuring, and giving them time to reflect, you can help them start their journey to managing the condition. When they’re ready, seek a professional diagnosis from their doctor.

It can be challenging when a loved one can’t acknowledge they may have dementia. Whether it’s through denial, or a lack of understanding, always approach your concerns in a gentle and supportive manner. Keep a diary of events, so that you can back up what you’re saying with examples. Make sure they see it as you showing concern, and don’t give the impression you’re spying on them.

Encourage your loved one to see a doctor. You can do this by appealing to their compassion. Say something like “it could get us some support that might help me understand some changes I’m seeing…”. If this fails, you can consider speaking to their doctor yourself.

It’s important to remember it’s still the same person. So try and stay true to how you’ve always been together. That said, there are some things you can do to help yourself be better understood.

When talking to someone with dementia:

  • Speak clearly and slowly

  • Give them time to reply, so there’s no pressure

  • Make eye contact

  • Try not to correct them too much

  • If something seems out of context, ask gentle questions

  • If you need an answer, give simple options for them to choose from

  • Never draw attention to their mistakes

  • Rephrase questions and reassure when they’re confused

  • Let them speak for themselves wherever possible

  • Be careful not to patronise

See our Glossary of Terms to clarify confusing or hard-to-understand terms.

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Speak to a care manager today to get dementia care.

Get in touch with our friendly team today to discuss your dementia care needs.

How it works

  • 1

    We’ll visit your home to get to know you, your goals and your specific needs

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    We'll work with you to design your services

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    You'll be matched with a support worker, and your journey will begin