Fremantle Mental Health Program for Seniors – Carer Training Project for the Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) by Home-Based Carers

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Authors: Mental Health Directorate, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, Program for Seniors.

Year: 2003

Event: 2003 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: WA

Award level: Finalist

Award category: Quality Improvement Programs or Strategies

Abstract: This quality improvement project aims to support home-based carers of people with dementia by providing them with support and training that focuses specifically on assisting them to manage behaviours associated with the illness that carers have difficulty coping with. While the project’s immediate aim is to develop and train community mental health professionals in the Fremantle Hospital Catchment Area in the use of an evidence-based training package that could be used with this group of clients, the project’s ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of both carer and care recipient by reducing the carer’s stress and enhancing their sense of competence and confidence. Description of Facility/Organisation: Program for Seniors is part of the Directorate of Mental Health at Fremantle Hospital & Health Service. The Hospital is a tertiary, public sector facility located at the port of Fremantle in Western Australia. It is funded through the Health Department of WA (HDWA) an employs around 3,200 staff. The program itself provides a mental health service to people generally aged 65 and over living within the hospital catchment area. The Program’s core business is to support older people dealing with mental health issues to continue living as independently as possible within their local community.

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