A Tisdale-based memory care clinic is providing community-level access to memory assessment in rural Saskatchewan.
Minor forgetfulness, misplacing things, increased difficulty multi-tasking or managing stress can be part of the normal aging process. Anxiety associated with the potential diagnosis of dementia can magnify these symptoms. Timely diagnosis through a multi-focused assessment can determine whether symptoms are related to dementia or other conditions, some of which may be reversible.
Nurse Practitioner Tanis Bronner provides assessment at a rural memory care clinic in Tisdale.
“The challenge in dementia care is early, timely diagnosis,” Nurse Practitioner Tanis Bronner says. “There are standard presentations of dementia with similarities based on the type of dementia. But the actual course of the disease in different in each individual.”
Diagnostic findings, assessments, evaluations and recommendations for care are provided to each client’s primary care provider. Bronner also provides ongoing follow-up with clients and families to ensure they receive the support they need to live with their diagnosis.
The end-goal of the rural memory care clinic is to be able to provide all clients, whether they receive a diagnosis of dementia or not, with the anticipatory guidance to live their best lives.
“Insight into the disease and what to expect as it progresses makes it easier for clients and family to understand behavior, cope and manage the disease,” says Bronner.