Aged Care & Retirement Living
This initiative strives to support the provision of local dental treatment and related services to both low and high care nursing home residents throughout South Australia through our network of partnering dental clinics.
The primary goal of this program is to provide improved oral care to residents, many of whom often do not have access to dental health care.
The program has a proven track record in delivering professional, high quality dental services to metropolitan and regional sites.
All patients who are seen by our delivery partners are provided with an Oral Assessment to determine their dental status, present and future treatment needs and a planned schedule of treatment to ensure optimum oral health.
Many low care nursing home residents:
- are edentulous, (have no teeth)
- suffer denture-related oral mucosal conditions
- rely on caregivers to control/prevent dental disease
Cognitively impaired high care residents face:
- increased risk of dental issues
- increased need for assistance/treatment
Poor oral health has been linked with increased mortality and morbidity in Nursing Home residents, and has known measurable impact on quality of life for those individuals suffering from the aforementioned issues.
The social impact of poor oral health can also have an ongoing effect on other aspects of older adults lives, such as their general health, oral health, social support and communication abilities.
Most nursing home residents have an increase in decayed, missing or filled teeth and dental problems are often reported leading to pain, problems with eating and social embarrassment.
Our Foundation aims to tackle these problems through provision of professional, high quality dental services to metropolitan and regional sites.
Below is a video which has featured on Channel 9 News which discusses the importance of timely and regular dental checks/treatment with the elderly.