Making a First Link® Referral as a Health Care Professional
It is often difficult for individuals and families affected by dementia to ask for help. Many families are told about the Alzheimer Society and dementia care services, but will not actually make the phone call until a crisis occurs.
The First Link® Client Support program removes this barrier to support by ensuring that individuals and families are referred directly to the program at the time of diagnosis or as soon as possible after a diagnosis is made.
Referrals may be submitted by physicians and other health care providers (i.e. allied health professionals), diagnostic and treatment services, and community service providers.
While physicians and health care providers can make referrals via First Link®, individuals and their families can also contact the Alzheimer Society directly for assistance.
To make a referral:
What happens after the referral is made?
Once the referral is received, our First Link® Client Support team will contact the person living with dementia and family members, linking them to programs and services within the community.
You can learn more about making a First Link® referral on the Alzheimer Society of Canada website.