The program “I care for Dementia in the Community”, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.snf.org), started in August 2017 and is due to be completed in July 2019. The aim of the project is to support patients with dementia and their families in the prevention of dementia in the Third Age in the wider area of the Municipality of Patras, the third largest city in Greece, where “FRONTIZO” Association is located. It is implemented by an interdisciplinary team consisting of a psychologist, a social worker, a physiotherapist, a trainer and a nurse.
- Provision of weekly cognitive and physical strengthening services at home to patients, and training of family caregivers in order to enable them to continue apply the program to the patients after it is finished.
- Counseling to caregivers to deal with the difficulties that arise in everyday life by taking care of a person with dementia and managing the burden of care.
- Provision of home-based nursing services in the context of information of caregivers on the prevention and care (measuring vital signs and patient safety, prevention and treatment of spasms in patients with dementia who are bedridden, etc.)
- Implementation of a seminar circle titled “I Educate myself and Care” aiming at the complete information and education of the family caregivers of dementia patients on dementia issues.
- Psycho-education groups for family caregivers are also being implemented to manage the burden of care.
- This project also aims to prevent dementia in the community in the wider area of Patras through the launch of the Memory Support Office. The services offered within the framework of the office are:
Neuropsychological evaluation in people over 65 with a view to early diagnosis of early dementia symptoms and referral to a neurologist where necessary.
Information on how to prevent dementia (mental empowerment, physical exercise, healthy eating)
Informative events for the prevention of dementia for the public in Patras.
The actions of the “I care for Dementia in the Community” program are of a combinational nature aiming at holistic intervention in the treatment of dementia. It is planned that at least 70 families affected by dementia will be served in the program. There are about 40 family caregivers in the psycho-education groups, and more than 100 citizens is anticipated to be supported by the Memory Support Office.
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