Why First Link® matters:
The diagnosis of dementia can be frightening, plunging families into a confusing network of medical care and social services. People may not know what to do or who to call. Too often families struggle to cope with the challenges alone, waiting until crisis, an emergency room visit, or caregiver burnout before seeking help.
First Link® bridges the gap between diagnosis and support. It offers a single point of entry to appropriate health-care information and referral to other services available locally, such as medications, respite programs, education, and life planning. Families learn about, plan for, and adjust to the journey of dementia.
Making a referral is simple:
As soon as the diagnosis is made, the health-care professional asks the individual with dementia and his or her family for permission to refer them to the First Link® Program. Once consent is given, the health-care professional completes a referral form and sends it to the Education Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of PEI.
Within four weeks, the Education Coordinator will call the individual with dementia or the primary caregiver to provide information, assess needs, and connect them directly to information and support services within their own community. Individuals can also call our Education Coordinator directly.
We invite your support in serving Islanders living the journey of dementia. To become a referring partner to the First Link® Program contact our Education Coordinator at 370-3135 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Link benefits to the health-care system:
- First Link® reduces the number of visits to emergency departments, days spent in acute care beds, and crisis-related long-term care placements.
- Earlier interventions allow individuals with dementia to live independently longer and families to provide care at home as long as possible. Each year one person is delayed from entering long-term care results in a savings of approximately $50,000.
- First Link® strengthens partnerships between the Alzheimer Society of PEI and health care professionals, as well as other community service providers which provides a more holistic approach to dementia care.
- First Link® encourages health care professionals to focus on the medical aspects of dementia care while Alzheimer Society staff provide ongoing support, education, and help in navigating the health care system.
We need your help!
For more information check out the links below:
First Link® Referral Process
First Link® Referral Form
Last Updated: 09/15/14