Carers and care needs of people with dementia
The level of care required for people with dementia depends on the progression of their dementia and will vary depending on individual circumstances, but the level of care required will increase as the dementia progresses. Carers are people who provide ongoing, informal assistance (help or supervision) to people with disability or older people. Carers play an important role in looking after family members and friends with dementia, and are pivotal in Australia's aged care, health-care, disability and social systems.
The following pages present statistics and information on:
- How care needs of people with dementia differ by place of residence
- Carers of people with dementia
- Impact of the caring role on carers
- Employment and financial impact on carers
- Unmet needs of carers.
See Dementia in priority groups for more information on carers and care needs of people with dementia among different population groups, including among First Nations people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Refer to the How do care needs differ by place of residence data tables and Carer data tables for the underlying data presented in these pages.