The Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island is about to have full-time staff working in the eastern and western regions of the Island for the first time.
Two first link navigator positions are currently being filled and the organization is hoping the workers will be in place and seeing clients next month.
CEO Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw told Island Morning’s Laura Chapin in an interview that aired Friday that the new staff will fill a pressing need.
“Handing out a package to you of information, or directing you to a website, is not enough,” she said.
“Care partners are living with this disease 15 to 20 years at home before [patients] … are placed in a long-term care facility, so we really need that support on the ground, in the community earlier.
“Because we know research tells us when you receive education and support early, you do well with this journey.”