- It is important to know how much the patient wants to know.
- The information given to the patient should be appropriate to their stage of illness.
In the early stage of the illness patients generally need two type of information:
- Information on what dementia is.
- Provide information on the illness and its natural progression. There is a document below on Coping with the Early Stages of Dementia, it was developed for use in the Irish setting and provides information on available supports.
- On the links below you will find link to a collection of short videos produced by Trinity Brain Health. These films include information on what dementia is, how it differs from Alzheimers disease and how to cope with the early stages of dementia.
- Direct patients to this site at http://freedemliving.com/
- Information on symptom management
- Under the 'downloads' section below you will find a document produced by the Alzheimers Society of Ireland on 'Living Well with Dementia' and includes practical memory and communication tips.
Advice they might find helpful includes:
- Advice on Social Welfare entitlements
The person and their carer may now be eligible for certain social welfare payments. Advise them to contact their local social welfare office.
- Advice on Driving
See our Driving with Dementia page for more information (link below under further reading)
- Financial Advice
The Money Advice & Budgeting Services (MABS) provide free financial advice. For more information on MABS the patient could contact them on: 0761 07 2000