We receive referrals from concerned family members and friends or from other organisations that we work with.
Our clients undergo detailed screening and assessment before we refer them on to clinics or hospitals for formal diagnosis. This is done through
- a number of interviews with the client and getting to know them better
- interviews with carers and relatives for background information and medical history
- listing current concerns and symptoms from the client and those who know them well
This may take several home visits or telephone calls or Skype video calls. Valuable information is passed on to specialists who may use it during the diagnosis.
Where assessment results indicate the possibility of dementia, we offer clients an option 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 such as:
- brain scans - (CAT or CT scans)
- in depth cognitive testing
The specialist will take into account:
- the background history
- symptoms as described by client and relatives
- physical exams results
- scans (CT, X-rays, MRI) results
- any other relevant information
While we encourage our clients to undergo a formal diagnosis, some families prefer not 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.
We can be contact on
031 836 7290 or 071 451 7551