Managing Memory ²gether
Managing Memory ²gether provides a memory assessment, community dementia nurse and information and education service for Gloucestershire for people worried about memory, people with dementia and carers of people with dementia.
The service offers a single point of contact on 0800 694 8800 or email us.
Memory Assessment Service
Gloucestershire’s Memory Assessment Service provides specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment services to people who are worried about memory as well as providing support to their carers. The memory assessment service aims to:
- Give an in-depth assessment of a person’s memory function
- Make a diagnosis and exclude and treat any reversible causes
- Provide support to people with dementia, relatives and carers and where necessary to put them in touch with the appropriate services within the community
- Offer the best use of new drug treatment and other interventions
How can people request a Memory Assessment?
People can refer themselves directly to the Memory Assessment Service; however if you are worried about your memory it is important that you visit your GP in the first instance to rule out other possible causes for memory loss.
In most cases the GP will conduct a physical health check and request that blood tests are done. If the GP feels it is appropriate he/she will refer to the memory assessment service. Where people feel unable to talk to their GP about their memory problems or that of a family member they can contact us directly.
What happens at the Memory Assessment Service?
At the first appointment, people are assessed by a member of the team usually a nurse specially trained in memory assessment. People are given the choice of being seen at home or in a clinic.
The first appointment involves obtaining information about the person’s personal and medical history. The person will be asked to describe the difficulties or problems they are having and how these problems affect them.
The first appointment usually lasts between one and two hours. In some cases it may be necessary for the person to see other specialists within the memory assessment team such as psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists. The person may also be sent for a brain scan. Once all the assessments are completed a diagnosis will be provided.
What happens after a diagnosis?
All patients from the memory assessment service are followed up according to their needs. Those with a diagnosis of dementia will have an initial four week follow up appointment to discuss any concerns, talk about future support plans.
At this stage people may be offered further follow up appointments or they may be discharged back to the care of their GP.
As part of the service we also refer people with dementia and their family members/carers to our information and education service.
Community Dementia Nurses
Community Dementia Nurses provide support to GP practices in the diagnosis, management and treatment of dementia.
The service also provides short-term support to people with dementia and their carers to address issues and immediate care needs arising from their diagnosis.
This service can be accessed through the patient’s or carer’s GP or by contacting Managing Memory ²gether on 0800 694 8800 or email 2gnft.ManagingMemory2g@nhs.net.
Community Dementia Nurses work closely with the Dementia Adviser Service that is delivered through the Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia Advisers help anyone diagnosed with dementia and their families to get the information they need about the illness and where to find the most appropriate services in their local area.
Information and Education Service
The Information and Education Service can offer information and advice to people worried about memory, people with dementia and carers of people with dementia.
The service also provides a countywide programme of information sessions to support people with dementia and carers to understand their diagnosis and live as well as possible with dementia.
This service has also developed an essential information sheet for people with dementia and their carers. Please click here to view information sheet.
These sessions offer a friendly environment where people with dementia and their carers can share experiences and learn more about dementia. Practical ideas are explored to deal with the changes and challenges that a diagnosis brings.
Each session lasts two hours with a break for refreshments. All our sessions are FREE and we can help where needed with replacement care and travel costs.
Sessions for people in the early stages of dementia, wanting to know more about their diagnosis
If you would like to bring a friend or family member with you for support, please let us know when you call to reserve your place.
Living Well With Dementia Part One
- What we know about dementia
- How dementia affects you
- Treatments available
- What helps people with dementia
Living Well With Dementia Part Two
- Impact of diagnosis
- Adjustments and choices
- Practical ideas to cope with change
- Keeping well
Sessions for family and friends who support someone with dementia
The session explores what we understand about dementia and looks at
- Dementia and stigma
- Symptoms of dementia
- The different types of dementia
- How dementia is diagnosed
- Treatments available for dementia
The brain and behavior
This session explores how dementia leads to changes in the person with dementia and looks at
- How the brain works and how it is affected by dementia
- How dementia is affected by physical health, environment, thoughts, feelings and emotions
- What it feels like to have dementia
- Strategies and ideas to respond positively to changes in behaviour
The session explores with the group how communications can be affected by dementia and looks at
- The ways in which we communicate and understand ideas
- How communication is affected for the person with dementia
- Some practical approaches to communication problems.
Upcoming session dates
Cheltenham East Fire Station, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham GL53 7PX
Day time sessions:
- Living Well With Dementia Part One – Thursday 16th May 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm
- Living Well With Dementia Part Two – Thursday 23rd May 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm
- Understanding Dementia – Monday 3rd June 2019, 6:30pm – 9pm
- Positive Communication – Monday 10th June, 6:30pm – 9pm
- Brain and Behaviour – Monday 17th June, 6:30pm – 9pm
Gloucester Farmers Club, Agriculture House, Sandhurst Road, Gloucester
- Living Well with Dementia Part One – Friday 28th June 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Living Well with Dementia Part Two – Friday 5th July 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Understanding Dementia – Tuesday 4th June 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm
- Positive Communication – Tuesday 11th June 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm
- Brain and Behaviour – Tuesday 18th June 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm
Tesco Superstore, St Oswalds Rd, Gloucester GL1 2SG
- Understanding Dementia – Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
- Positive Communication – Tuesday 9nd July 2019, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
- Brain and Behaviour – Tuesday 16th July 2019, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Moreton in Marsh
Jameson Court, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0EW
- Living Well with Dementia Part 1 – Thursday 23rd May 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Living Well with Dementia Part 2 – Thursday 30th May 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Understanding Dementia – Thursday 6th June 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Brain and Behaviour – Thursday 13th June 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Positive Communication – Thursday 20th June 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
Weavers Croft, Field Road, Stroud GL5 2HZ
- Living Well with Dementia Part One – Thursday 27th June 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Living Well with Dementia Part Two – Thursday 4th July 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Understanding Dementia – Tuesday 10th May 2019, 1pm – 3.30pm
- Brain & Behaviour – Tuesday 17th May 2019, 1pm – 3.30pm
- Positive Communication – Tuesday 24th May 2019, 1pm – 3.30pm
- Understanding Dementia – Thursday 6th June 2019 6.30pm – 9.00pm
- Positive Communication – Thursday 13th June 2019 6.30pm – 9.00pm
- Brain & Behaviour – Thursday 20th June 2019 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Cirencester Baptist Church, Chesterton Road, Cirencester GL7 1YE
- Living Well with Dementia Part 1 – Tuesday 18th June 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm
- Living Well with Dementia Part 2 – Tuesday 25th June 2019 2pm – 4.30pm
- Positive Communication – Thursday 16th May 2019 10.30am – 1pm