Natural disasters are traumatic for anyone involved but the dangers are even greater for people with dementia. A new guide from the QUT-based Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration: Carers and Consumers (DCRC-CC) aims to prepare those who care for people with dementia to cope.
Created in a partnership with the Red Cross, the Preparing for a Natural Disaster Guide to using RediPlan for Carers of People with Dementia starts with the premise that everyone in Australia should prepare for natural disasters.
“More than 425,000 Australians live with dementia and we are a country that has its fair share of natural disasters. Many of us will be impacted by one at some stage,” said lead researcher Doctor Linda Schnitker from QUT’s School of Nursing.