While acknowledging alarming changes in yourself or your loved one can be frightening, seeking medical help for the symptoms of dementia is very important. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s,( Provide link 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s) you should schedule a visit to your doctor as soon as possible. Many of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s type dementia are also symptoms of other illnesses which can be treated or reversed.
It is very important that you be honest and forthcoming with your doctor about your symptoms. To prepare for the visit, is helpful to write down your questions and the symptoms you have noticed. By doing so, you will ensure that all your concerns will be addressed despite any nervousness you may feel. It may also be helpful to ask a family member or friend to accompany you on this medical visit. This person can help you to identify your symptoms, can write down any information and instructions your doctor gives you, and can be an emotional support. Four ears are better than two!
In Quebec, health care services are provided to individuals through the CLSC/CSSS. In order to access these services, persons with special needs must be assigned to a CLSC /CSSS social worker who will assess needs and allocate services. These services can include:
To have a social worker assigned to your case, call the intake department of your local CLSC/CSSS. You must be specific (eg my mother has Alzheimer’s Disease and we’re concerned about safety in the home; or my Father has Alzheimer’s Disease and is not taking his medication). Before phoning, it is important to assess your needs as a caregiver and the needs of the person with Alzheimer’s Disease. Be sure to stress the urgency of the situation. It takes time for a social worker to be assigned to an individual. If you have not heard back from someone within a week or two, call again.
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