How is dementia diagnosed?
If you or a person you know is showing symptoms or signs that they may have dementia, then making an appointment with a GP is the first step.
The GP will consider the symptoms the person is presenting as well as their medical history. Where appropriate the GP will refer the person to specialist memory nurses or a memory clinic.
Caring for someone with dementia
The caring role
Caring for and looking after someone with dementia is hugely rewarding but can also present challenges. It is close family members, partners and friends who initially provide care to someone who has dementia. Indeed, it is these people who often see the symptoms and suspect something is not quite right with their loved one or friend. So whilst receiving a dementia diagnosis may not be a surprise, it does take time to adjust to the changing situation.
Living with dementia
Diagnosed with dementia what now?
Is important that the person gains access to the support and information they need at this difficult time Family and friends are the first people to offer support but also there are local support groups as well as health care providers and social services that can help a person manage their condition.
Time for professional care support
Homecare – with people providing daily assistance for someone with dementia can really help with caring responsibilities. This can be light touch help and support with household chores to more one to one care for the person with dementia. There are a number of homecare providers who have to be registered with the Quality Care Commission. Adult Social Care through your local council will be able to direct you to homecare providers