Care for People with Dementia
What is dementia?
Dementia is an illness of the brain. It is generally old people that get this illness.
This illness occurs very frequently. In Austria, 200.000 people have dementia.
People with dementia forget many things. At the start, these are little things, for example where their glasses are or the name of a friend. Later, the ill person also forgets how to tie their shoes or how to eat with a knife and fork.
Doctors cannot cure dementia. People, who suffer from dementia, often need help.
How does Volkshilfe help people with dementia?
People with dementia remain healthy for longer if they are cared for specially. The people with dementia can come to a day centre or be looked after one afternoon a week.
What is a day centre for people with dementia?
The people with dementia come to the day centre in the morning and stay until the afternoon. Carers are there, who look after the people. There is a programme every day.
What do the people do in the day centre?
- They eat together
- They do memory exercises
- They do movement exercises
- They can make pots, paint and do make other things
- They can work in the garden
- They make excursions and go on walks together
All that helps the illness not to get worse so fast.
Who can come to the day centre?
- People suffering from dementia
Where are these day centres?
In Linz, Steyr and Schwertberg.
What does this cost?
That depends on how much you earn and how high the pension is.
What is afternoon care for people with dementia?
In towns and places, where there are no dementia day centres, people with dementia can come for care once a week in the afternoon. There they are looked after just like in the day centres.