The Abbott Government has cancelled the $16 a day Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement (DSBS) paid to approved aged care providers to assist with the additional costs of caring for people with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia.
This supplement assisted local nursing homes to acquire specialist staff, plan for new buildings and facilities and invest in support resources. All of that investment is now in jeopardy.
From 1 August 2014 providers charged with the immense responsibility of ensuring the welfare and safety of these people will no longer receive this funding support.
The Abbott Government has scrapped this supplement and provided no other alternative for how to adequately care for some of our most vulnerable citizens.