Originally published in AJDC October/November 2019 Vol 8 No 5
Western Australia’s Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Mick Murray, has officially launched the state’s first travelling community dementia bus. The bus is an initiative of not-for-profit organisation Community Vision, with funds raised via its extensive campaign called A Roast To Remember.
The dementia bus offers support and access to new technology (such as virtual reality and sensory resources) for those living with dementia, as well as respite care and information to carers. Community Vision will also work with schools on education around destigmatising dementia.
The first bus visits took place in September, during Dementia Awareness Month, and included a visit to the remote Badjaling Aboriginal Community.
Community Vision CEO Michelle Jenkins said phase two of the A Roast To Remember fundraising campaign was now underway to raise enough money for the full fit out of the bus, advanced technology within the bus and the two staff required to service it, with the aim of visiting a minimum of two locations each week covering metro, regional and rural WA.
For more information, go to www.aroasttoremember.com.au
Elders and Seniors from the Badjaling Aboriginal Community in WA with Murray Yarran, Community Manager of the Badjaling Community (second right), and Ian Thompson, Community Vision Training Officer (far right) in front of the dementia bus