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Getting help for dementia

The following people and organisations may be able to help you with dementia.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Dementia Canterbury

Dementia Canterbury offers social work, support, and education services to all people in Canterbury affected by dementia. It also provides treatment and activities groups for people with dementia, and social activities for people with dementia and their carers. If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with dementia, you can ask your general practice team to refer you to one or more of its services.

Dietitians

If you are underweight and meet certain criteria, your doctor may refer you to see a dietitian. In this case, there is no cost to see a dietitian and you will be seen in your own home. You can also choose to pay to see a private dietitian.

Other support

Carers of people with dementia may be eligible for Respite Care Services and Carer Support.

For other financial and practical support see Other support for older people.

A monitored medical alarm can help reduce the risk of injury due to falling over. See Work and Income for a list of medical alarm suppliers, or search online for "monitored medical alarms NZ".

On the next page: Dementia support services

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed August 2019.

Page reference: 636815

Review key: HIMLD-33325