Verily Connect supports regional dementia carers

A high-tech regional network is being rolled out to support carers of people with dementia across three states, with a $1.7 million allocation by the Federal Government.

 

Carers are being asked to join the Virtual Dementia Friendly Rural Communities (Verily Connect) project, which uses a newly developed smartphone app, website and videoconferencing to help care for carers.

 

Verily Connect is an online meeting place that promises to reduce the challenges of distance and isolation, linking carers and helping them continue delivering critical support to vulnerable citizens.

 

Complementing the online technology, personal help will also be provided by local volunteers trained in the Verily Connect system.

 

Verily Connect is about supporting seniors who want to age in their local communities. Keeping families and communities together is critical in areas where even small shifts in population can have big impacts on local towns.

 

The Verily Connect project now has three active sites in Kooweerup, Victoria, Molong, NSW, and Victor Harbor, South Australia.

 

It will extend to: Edenhope, Warracknabeal, Kyneton, Heathcote, Horsham and Mansfield in Victoria; Nyngan in New South Wales; Riverland in South Australia.

 

To participate in the Verily Connect project see the Verily Connect website at https://verilyconnect.org.au/ and click the "About" button to express your interest.

 

18 October 2018.