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.
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
Living Well With Dementia sessions are 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.
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.
These sessions are for family and friends who support someone with dementia.
Upcoming session dates
The Well Room, Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham GL50 2AP
- Living Well With Dementia Part 1 – Thursday 24th January 2019, 10:30am – 1pm – FULLY BOOKED
- Living Well With Dementia Part 2 – Thursday 31st January 2019, 10:30am – 1pm – FULLY BOOKED
Cheltenham East Fire Station, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham GL53 7PX
- Understanding Dementia – Wednesday 30th January 2019, 6:30pm – 9pm
- Brain and Behaviour – Wednesday 6th February 2019, 6:30pm – 9pm
- Positive Communication – Wednesday 13th February, 6:30pm – 9pm
Day time sessions:
- Understanding Dementia – Tuesday 12th February 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm – FULLY BOOKED
- Positive Communication – Tuesday 19th February 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm – FULLY BOOKED
- Brain and Behaviour – Tuesday 26th February 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm – FULLY BOOKED
Gloucester North Fire Station, Cheltenham Road East, Innsworth, Gloucester GL3 1AF
- Living Well with Dementia Part One – Wednesday 6th March 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Living Well with Dementia Part Two – Wednesday 13th March 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Understanding Dementia – Wednesday 20th March 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Brain and Behaviour – Wednesday 27th March 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Positive Communication – Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 10.30am -1pm
Tesco Superstore, St Oswalds Rd, Gloucester GL1 2SG
- Understanding Dementia – Thursday 7th February 2019, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
- Brain and Behaviour – Thursday 14th February 2019, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
- Positive Communication – Thursday 21st February 2019, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Mortimer Room, Old Market, Nailsworth GL6 0DU
- Living Well with Dementia Part One – Thursday 7th February 2019, 10.30am-1pm
- Living Well with Dementia Part Two Thursday 14th February 2019, 10.30am-1pm
- Understanding Dementia Tuesday 15th January 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm
- Brain & Behaviour Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm
- Positive Communication Tuesday 29th January 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm
Weavers Croft, Field Road, Stroud GL5 2HZ
- Understanding Dementia – Thursday 28th February 2019 6.30pm – 9.00pm
- Positive Communication – Thursday 7th March 2019 6.30pm – 9.00pm
- Brain & Behaviour – Thursday 14th March 2019 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Forest of Dean
Colliers Court, Latimer Rd, Cinderford GL14 2QA
- Living Well with Dementia Part 1 – Thursday 7th March 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Living Well with Dementia Part 2 – Thursday 14th March 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Understanding Dementia – Thursday 21st March 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm
- Brain and Behaviour – Thursday 28th March 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm
- Positive Communication – Thursday 4th April 2019, 2pm – 4:30pm
Northway Community Hub, Ray Shill Building, Lee Road, Tewkesbury GL20 8QG
- Living Well with Dementia Part One – Wednesday 10th April 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Living Well with Dementia Part Two – Wednesday 17th April 2019, 10.30am – 1pm
- Understanding Dementia – Tuesday 5th March 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm
- Brain and Behaviour – Tuesday 12th March 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm
- Positive Communication – Tuesday 19th March 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm