Alzheimers NZ wants 12 months of guaranteed post diagnostic support for each person diagnosed with dementia. That’s about 14,000 people each year.
The money would go towards a raft of initiatives, chief among them providing better in-home care and support and information services.
The organization also wants the government to implement the Navigator role as a priority. This is a designated person in the care team for a person with dementia and is their first point of contact. The Navigator role is already part of government policy; government has not yet implemented it.
Alzheimers NZ’s proposals will
- increase quality of life for people with dementia, and their carers
- increase the length of time that people with dementia can continue to live at home.
Government would also enjoy:
- reduced costs in terms of providing long-term residential care for people with the condition
- reduced costs because there’d be fewer unnecessary hospital admissions that arise from the need for crisis intervention.