The campaign is raising funds for Blue Care’s memory support services and other programs to help ensure the organisation can continue to make memories with its care in the future.
Kathie Kelly, Blue Care’s corporate partnerships and fundraising manager, said the What Do You Remember? campaign encourages people to reflect on Blue Care’s support through the past, and is a great opportunity for people to support Blue Care before tax time.
“Blue Care touches the lives of one in 30 Queenslanders through vital care services, and around half of those interactions are related to people living with dementia,” Mrs Kelly said.
“We’ve had a great start to the campaign so far and would like to encourage donors to maximise their tax rebate for the year by making a donation to the campaign by 30 June."
According to the federal government's Department of Health, dementia is one of the major reasons why older people enter residential aged care or seek assistance from community care programs.
With the projected rise of Australia's aged population, the number of people living with dementia is estimated to triple to about 900,000 by 2050.
“Blue Care supports clients and residents living with dementia across 80 locations through ongoing care programs,” Mrs Kelly said.
“Some locations have unique features such as dementia specific accommodation or sensory gardens, including the one at Blue Care Coopers Plains Respite Care in Brisbane where clients can relax in a secure environment whilst enjoying traditional plantings and water features.
“Blue Care supports those with memory loss by investing in research, building dementia specific accommodation and where possible, unique programs that encourage people to reminisce and remember.
“Further dementia research, increased support in rural, remote and regional areas and refurbishments of buildings are some of the ventures planned with our donations in the coming year.”