Dementia Connections Program
Have you had a recent diagnosis of dementia from the Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Service? Are you a bit confused about what to do next? Our Dementia Connections Program can assist as we work closely with CDAMS.
About the program
Receiving a diagnosis can be a life-changing event for the person with dementia and their family. Often there is not enough time to discuss in detail what the diagnosis means, and to ask all the relevant questions.
Many families have told us that the information they receive at the time of diagnosis is complex and overwhelming, that the service system is confusing and that they don’t know who to contact when they need information or advice.
By providing families with a key contact person, this program will assist families with linking to supports they need, when they need it.
How it works
After the diagnosis, you will be contacted by a Dementia Connections Family Consultant. The consultant is a health professional experienced in supporting families and who is knowledgeable about dementia and the full range of health and community services.
They will phone you 6-8 weeks following your last clinic visit to see how you are going, and to talk about the information you were given.
The Family Consultant will remain in regular contact with you to ensure you have the information and support you need as things change over time.
They will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help you to find the right supports when you need them.
We will soon have a new Dementia Connections brochure and for now please phone us on 1800 052 222 for more information.