Describe the impact of early diagnosis and follow up to diagnosis
I have been in care for a while and started out as a health care support worker so I have seen all different levels of progression with all different types of dementia. However the importance of early diagnosis is the same. Early diagnosis is necessary to improve the treatment, information and the care and support that they revive and also to allow them and their family to make well-being choices for their future and also to keep their care and support person centred.
If one of our service users are diagnosed early enough it can give them a lot more options in the way of treatments and medication, it can take some time and different attempts I medication until the correct system is founded, if this process is done to late it can restrict the effect of medication.
Early diagnosis can also transform the design and execution of clinical trials to test new treatments.
I think in my option the biggest impact early diagnosis has is enabling the person to take control over things in their life now and in the future before the dementia takes over there whole being. They can make there will early, decide if they want to stay at home or go in to residential care. Be part of how they want to receive their care and support thus keeping care person centred and being part of their well-being.
We need to ensure that when someone has been diagnosed with dementia that we do regular check-ups to ensure that medication is working affectively and that the type hasn’t changed or developed in to more than one type and also to see how quickly the person is progressing we need to also ensure that service users have the access and information for effective interventions which are already available and also proven, this means all health care services involved are prepared, trained and skilled to provide timely, accurate diagnoses, communicated