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The Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) is a new Australian Government initiative to assist aged care providers with caring for individuals with dementia; those who demonstrate extreme behavioural and psychological conditions.
The User Rights Amendment (Specialist Dementia Care Program) Principles 2018 - has been introduced and amended within the User Rights Principles 2014. The amendments came into effect on 13 December 2018.
The relevant amendments will affect an approved provider’s responsibility to provide security of tenure to care, recipients, as it applies to recipients of specialist dementia care under the SDCP.
The SDCP aims to provide a person-centred, multidisciplinary approach to caring for individuals with dementia with a large focus on the individuals who exhibit very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia who are unable to be appropriately cared for in mainstream aged care services.
This specialist dementia care will be delivered by existing approved providers in dedicated units within residential care services. The care will be time-limited and provide intensive, specialised residential care with a focus on stabilising and reducing the person’s dementia-related symptoms over time with the aim of enabling the transition to a less intensive care setting.
The amendments will introduce additional circumstances where a residential care recipient who is receiving specialist dementia care can be required to leave a residential care service or be moved to another room within the service. Providers will, however, still be required to comply with the requirements of finding suitable alternative accommodation and provide appropriate notice when asking a care recipient to leave.
Aged Care Providers will be asked in early 2019 to tender for grant opportunities to participate in the SDCP. This initial tender process will advertise 14 specialist dementia care units and aim to have the first units operational in 2020. A second funding round will follow in 2021-2022 for an additional 20 units.Source: https://agedcare.health.gov.au/programs/specialist-dementia-care-program
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