Needs Based Assessment: Understanding Eligibility and Access to the Specialist Dementia Care Program
Complementing DBMAS and SBRT services is the newNeeds Based Assessment(NBA) service. This service provides nationally consistent assessment for eligibility into the Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP).
The SDCP is a new government initiative that provides specialist accommodation, care and support for those people where behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia are unable to be managed in the standard residential care setting. The SDCP offers temporary, transitional care to stabilise and reduce a person’s behavioural symptoms with the aim of enabling them to transition to a less intensive care setting.
We have developed a booklet that provides background on NBA and SDCP, and outlines important information for aged care providers on eligibility requirements of a person with dementia, and how NBA assesses for entry into a SDCP.
There are three key principles for eligibility
The behaviours and psychological symptoms of the person:
are primarily as a result of dementia
are severe or very severe
did not respond after adequate trials of other specialist services