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Support for people with dementia, their families, and their caregivers

Interior Health is dedicated to working with the public to provide access to current information, support, and care services that will help people with dementia to live well and to support their family caregivers.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a broad term to describe the symptoms of a large number of brain illnesses which cause a loss of memory, judgement, and reasoning, as well as changes in behaviour and mood. These changes often result in a progressive decline in a person’s ability to function at work, in social relationships, or to perform regular daily activities. While an occasional episode of delayed short-term memory is very common, a regular pattern of memory loss, a lack of insight or awareness into memory loss or its effects, or the lack of returning memory is not normal, and should not be assumed to be a normal part of aging. 

Seeking a diagnosis

Diagnosing dementia is a complex and difficult process, requiring the time and expertise of skilled practitioners. If you or someone you love have experienced these types of changes, it is important that you seek medical help and a diagnosis.

What services are available?

Access to community resources is available by contacting your local community health centre. Check the blue pages of your phone book and ask to speak to a home and community health-care professional.

The Dementia Helpline is a province-wide service for people with dementia, their caregivers, family, and friends. This helpline assists individuals in building the confidence to maintain quality of life when facing dementia.

Is there a cost?

No, there is no cost for a home and community health professional to come visit you at home to assess and discuss the care needs of the person with dementia. At the time that the health professional recommends the services that are available, and if you decide to use some community care programs for support (i.e., home support or adult day services), daily charges may apply based on your income.

There is also no cost involved to contact the Alzheimer Society of BC. Mailed print and resource materials and attendance to support groups are provided for free. Some education programs have a small cost associated with them.

Other resources

Interior Health's Phased Dementia Pathway was created to identify, inform and implement “promising practices” (evidence-informed practice) aimed at addressing the “clinical pinch points” or areas of concern and need as identified by persons with dementia, their caregivers and clinicians.

Find additional resources to support individuals living with dementia, their families, and caregivers.

 

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