Visiting: Thunder Bay
For Nunavut & Yukon contact the provincial Alzheimer Society closest to you.
Download the referral form.
Presenting a diagnosis of dementia to a patient is never easy. They may be bewildered and distressed about the challenges ahead, and unsure about how to navigate the health system. They wait for a crisis—an emergency room visit or a caregiver burnout—before seeking help. Easy access to ongoing services and support makes a huge difference to people with the disease.
Did you know that people with dementia are:
If you are a health care professional, First Link will:
First Link will help improve the health outcomes of your patients. It gives caregivers increased capacity to manage the psychological and behavioural symptoms that typically result in visits to the ER and crisis-related long-term care placements.
To make First Link a part of your practice, download the referral form and contact the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay for more information. Our First Link Coordinator can be reached by calling (807) 345-9556 or 1-888-887-5140 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Studies show that people with dementia have many other comorbid conditions, which dementia destabilizes, leading to cycles of emergency room use and hospitalization. This is known as 'the dementia domino effect.'
When people with dementia end up in hospital, their recovery takes longer. By helping people with dementia to better manage these comordbidities, First Link will reduce the strain on our health-care system.
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