Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be very difficult to come to terms with for the person affected and their family and friends. However, in the early stages of the condition there are many things which can be done to improve an individual’s quality of life and maintain their independence.
Individuals diagnosed with dementia at the RICE centre have the opportunity to discuss their condition with the healthcare team here at the Institute. The medical staff will provide specific information on the diagnosed condition, including a discussion of the available treatment options. In addition, our health care team will be available to answer questions and direct individuals to appropriate support services within the local area. Information packs providing details of all of the common forms of dementia are also available at the RICE centre. We also run free Cognitive Stimulation Therapy course for individuals with dementia, and a dedicated Carers Course for spouses, family and carers of those affected by dementia.
We also have a series of information leaflets for people who want to find out more about life with dementia covering topics such as driving, volunteering for research and the support and information courses that RICE provides for people who are newly diagnosed and their families.