Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Di­ag­no­sis: On av­er­age, symptoms of de­men­tia are no­ticed by fam­i­lies three years be­fore a firm di­ag­no­sis is made, ac­cord­ing to Alzheimer’s Australia. A care­giver can­not di­ag­nose the dis­ease. If you sus­pect that you or a loved one may have de­men­tia, see your GP or a geri­a­tri­cian. Care plan: Be­cause de­men­tia varies in de­gree from per­son to per­son, a tai­lored care plan should be put in place. Your carer will begin by vis­it­ing for a client as­sess­ment. Dis­cuss your con­cerns and ask any ques­tions you may have dur­ing this time. En­sure that the care plan is re­viewed ev­ery six months as the pa­tient’s needs may change. Where to get help: Car­ers are ad­vised to take regular breaks and look af­ter their own health. Respite ser­vices are avail­able — visit myaged­care.gov.au for more de­tails. You can also join a carer as­so­ci­a­tion for sup­port.

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