Most of our referrals come from the community through family, neighbours, friends and our awareness campaign.
When people comes to us with concerns about dementia, we carry out detailed screening and assessment and this includes:
- a number of interviews with the client
- interviews with carers and relatives living with the client
- collecting information about the client's background and medical history
- listing current concerns from the client and those who know them well
- listing the current symptoms shown by the client
This may take several home visits or telephone calls or Skype video calls. Valuable information is passed on to specialists who may use it in their diagnosis procedures.
Where assessment results indicate the possibility of dementia, we offer clients the option to go for a formal diagnosis by specialists. We refer them to the clinic for preliminary tests and then to hospital to be examined by specialists.
At the hospital, the client will receive more intense investigations:
- brain scans - (CAT or CT scans)
- in depth cognitive testing
The specialist will take into account:
- all the information from the history
- symptoms as described by client and relatives
- results from physical exams
- scans (CT, X-rays, MRI)
- any other relevant information
While we encourage our clients to undergo a formal diagnosis, some families do not want to go through this process. They are happy to receive support in the form of advice and knowledge on how to deal with symptoms.
For those where the assessment points to other illnesses, we refer them to organizations or agencies that are best placed to address their concerns. We are constantly looking to forge professional relationships with other organizations in the field of mental health.
Anyone with concerns or worries can contact us for a chat
031 836 7290 or 071 451 7551