When someone you love starts to show signs of dementia it can place an enormous amount of pressure and stress on the person affected, and the family.
Dementia isn’t one thing, it’s made up of a range of health conditions. It can affect our well-being in a number of ways, from the way we communicate to how we move and behave.
Signs of dementia can be things like:
confusion and disorientation
progressive loss of memory
changes in personality
social isolation and withdrawal
the inability to perform everyday tasks.
It’s important to remember that it’s not one thing and can only be diagnosed by a medical professional.
Early diagnosis is crucial in tackling the symptoms of dementia that can lead to loss in health, well-being, and a breakdown in positive family relationships. It can help identify conditions that are treatable and can be looked after straight away. It can also assist families in coping with the change and coming up with appropriate strategies to care for their loved one.
Once a diagnosis is attained, starting to plan for your care journey is important so that you’re prepared for each stage in advance. Before you receive care - either at home or in care accommodation - you may need to take part in a Government-based assessment so that we can really understand the level of care you need. This is provided through the Government’s Aged Care Assessment Services.
This may help:
- At any point while you’re waiting to be assessed you can search for the right care from all the government-assisted services as well as other private services available.
- Simply start a care summary, tell us what you’re looking for so that we can really understand the level of care you need and we’ll match you with a range of care options specific to dementia care in a matter of seconds.
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