Making life better for people living with dementia

Representatives from Alzheimer's WA and the WA Country Health Service visited ValleyView Residence on Wednesday. Photo: Ashley Bolt
Representatives from Alzheimer's WA and the WA Country Health Service visited ValleyView Residence on Wednesday. Photo: Ashley Bolt

Representatives from Alzheimer’s WA and the WA Country Health Service visited ValleyView Residence last week to tour the facility as part of the Dementia Project.

Alzheimer’s WA and ValleyView had partnered to improve the care given and facilities provided for people living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s WA chief executive officer Rhonda Parker said it was good to see the progress made in making ValleyView Residence more dementia-friendly.

Ms Parker said Alzheimer’s WA had found a couple of years ago that many aged-care facilities had little knowledge or capability to effectively help people living with dementia.

She said ValleyView Residence was one of the facilities it had partnered with to provide training and funding to help improve the service provided.

As a result of the partnership, ValleyView Residence was able to undertake several projects to make residents with dementia feel as comfortable as possible in their surroundings, such as personalising indoor spaces and remodeling the outside courtyards to make them more useable.