The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County connects people living with dementia and their care partners (family and friends) with our education and support services through our First Link® . We also connect people with health care professionals and community support services as needed. Anyone can make a referral to the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County by calling our Barrie office or by faxing a completed First Link® referral form.
*** We recommend all community partners and Health Care Professionals use the First Link® referral form***
What is First Link®?
If you or your family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, First Link® is for you. First Link® connects individuals newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their families to support early in the disease process. Support continues throughout the course of the disease.
First Link® will help you to:
Get connected early and support you throughout your journey
Learn about every step of the journey; from diagnosis to day-to-day living
Connect to Alzheimer Society programs, and other community and health care services
How to Make a First Link® Referral:
Call our Barrie office (705-722-1066) and complete the referral form by phone.
Fax the completed referral form to 1-705-722-9392.
You will receive an acknowledgment letter indicating the client's Family Support Coordinator.
- To get connected to the Alzheimer Society early in order to prevent crisis situations
- To reduce caregiver burnout and premature long- term care placement
Who can make a referral?
Anyone can make a referral to First Link® including:
- Self referral
- Family physician
- Family members
- Community care partners
- Allied health professionals