Dementia services

Memory loss, confusion and an inability to perform everyday tasks can be some of the signs that you or the person you care for may have dementia.

Elderly hands holding each other

Most people with dementia are older, but not all older people get dementia.  Dementia is common after the age of 65 years, but people in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia.

Latrobe Community Health Service has many services for people with, or suspected of having dementia, as well as their carers.

Dementia Nurse Practitioner

Aged care dementia nurse

For people who believe they have dementia, the Dementia Nurse Practitioner based in the Latrobe Valley can help identify your needs and help with a diagnosis. They can also work with your doctor to develop a care plan for you, and refer you to other support services

Dementia support program

Other types of support services include a support program for people living with dementia and their families.

This program is only available to those living in the local government areas of Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Wellington and Bass Coast. It can connect you to vital services to provide help around the home, including property maintenance and personal care.

Download the Dementia Access and Support brochure.

Courses for carers

For carers of a person with dementia, you can attend a course to learn more about dementia. You will also learn ways of managing certain behaviours and tips to take care of your own health and wellbeing.

You can also learn about legal issues, advocacy and new skills like using the computer and internet for daily tasks like online shopping and banking.