Dementia Pathway  - Havering Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Pathway

Identification

Are you experiencing memory problems, forgetfulness, or difficulty in carrying out certain tasks?

At the first signs of memory problems, it is advisable to get this checked out at your GP practice.

Initial Assessment

Go and see your GP; make an appointment; you can take a family member or a friend with you,

if you prefer

Your GP will carry out a simple cognitive test and send you for a blood test, this is to see

what is affecting your memory (some vitamin deficiencies and other conditions can also affect your memory).

You could have what is known as Mild Cognitive Impairment which is not the same as dementia.

If dementia is suspected the GP can refer you for a scan, and an appointment at the Memory Clinic

If the dementia diagnosis is made at your GP practice, it is important to still ask your GP for a referral or

to be signposted to community support groups.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Memory Clinic will undertake:-

• Further assessments and further Tests

• Refer you to hospital for MRI scan for assessing the type of dementia. This can take up

to 6-8 weeks

• Send diagnosis results to GP, who will put you on the Dementia Register

• Refer you to the Havering Alzheimer’s Society for post diagnostic support

• Evaluate your medical, psychological and social needs and refer you to other

• community services like admiral nurses, carers support groups, social care etc.,

• Will encourage you to attend post diagnostic support sessions and cognitive

stimulation therapy

Admiral Nurse support is based at from the Memory Clinic and provides

• Practical and emotional support to people diagnosed with dementia and their carers

• Conduct home visits, discuss available services such as NHS 111 etc.,

• Support to individual needs and challenges, helping families through complex transitions.

• Specialist assessment and needs identification of families living with dementia

• Practical advice and strategies for preventing and managing situations that can occur after a

diagnosis of dementia

• Signpost to appropriate services in Havering like carers support groups, Local Authority services,

voluntary sector etc.

• Support families all the way along the dementia pathway journey

Alzheimer’s Society provides

• Practical and emotional support to people diagnosed with dementia and their carers

• Conduct home visits, discuss available services such as 111 etc.,

• Undertake risk assessment to determine the level of support required.

• Signpost to appropriate services within Havering

• Patients remain ‘active’ for twelve months after which it is up to the patients to make

contact apart from ‘Keep In Touch’ calls which are made by volunteers

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