The need for knowledge and the timeliness of receiving it varies from person to person, and from carer to carer. As the person with dementia changes, the type, the amount and the way of receiving information also changes. Carers often benefit from learning about strategies that help them adapt to changes and meet new challenges. By listening to the carer and assessing their current situation, the allied health professional can target the right information at the right time and provide the right amount.
Allied health professionals who specialise in dementia:
- may provide education programs, or they can refer carers to programs run by other organisations (such as Alzheimer’s Australia), or to publications and websites containing accurate and useful information.
All allied health professionals:
- can bring the knowledge, ideas and solutions that are specific to their discipline to suggest a strategy to deal with a troubling situation.
The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government funded initiative.