Aged care services in Casino are in for a boost with the announcement that the Uniting Church will receive $1.287 million to construct a purpose-built ground floor dementia-specific day-care centre.

The service will be located within the grounds of the Casino Uniting Church complex.

It is one of nine new dementia day-care centres worth a total of $11.86 million which will be built across New South Wales, making life significantly easier for people with dementia, their families and their carers.

Federal Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot and NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Kristina Keneally this week announced the nine new centres that will be jointly funded by the Federal and NSW governments under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

Mrs Elliot said the nine centres were the first of 16 purpose-designed dementia-specific day-care centres that are planned to be built across NSW. 

“The focus on dementia-specific facilities is a response to the increasing incidence of dementia associated with the ageing of the population,” she said.

“In 2006 there were over 73,000 people living with dementia in NSW.

“By 2050 it is estimated the number will increase to 227,000.”