Providing care following an Alzheimer's diagnosis

Published on 06 May 2022

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Despite only recently receiving a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease, Lin’s family is concerned. She has on occasions forgotten to take her medication and eat regular meals.

Lin walks every morning but her family has started to worry she may become disorientated. Lin is very clear she would like to remain at home, and despite their concerns, her family would like to support her as long as possible.

Lin was referred to AccessCare for a Home Care Package, and a case manager was assigned. Lin has had the package for only four months and has already received the following supports:

  • An experienced Cantonese speaking respite care-worker to help Lin prepare her favourite meals and snacks. The care worker also assisted Lin to make a 'This is Your Life Book' complete with photos, recipes and other memorabilia, to enable her to reminisce, retain and share her life and various achievements;
  • Referral to a Cantonese speaking volunteer to accompany Lin to her favourite restaurant each week;
  • Referral to the local health centre’s walking program;
  • The acquisition of a GPS tracker and identification bracelet;
  • The use of a medication ‘pack’ with reminder timer;
  • Education regarding Alzheimer’s disease, changing behaviours, carer support services and self-care, assistance with future planning in relation to health, financial and legal issues;
  • Linking family members with Dementia Help-Line services, and with Carer Support Groups and respite services.

Lin’s family have reported feeling less anxious and more supported in their caring role. Lin is happy as she remains in her own home. The actions taken, and referrals made, have meant Lin is more active than she has been in years, and her family have noticed the improvement in her wellbeing.

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