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. We:
- meet with the client a number of times, getting to know them better and interviewing them over time
- interview the carers and relatives for background information and medical history
- list current concerns and symptoms from the client and those who know them well
This may be done over several home visits, 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 try and find the most convenient referral pathway for the formal diagnosis by specilaists.
At the hospital, the client will receive more intense investigations such as:
- brain scans - (CAT or CT scans)
- and in depth cognitive testing
When carrying out the diagnosis, 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 tests and relevant information provided
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 contacted on
031 452 6135 or 071 451 7551 or 072 339 5953