Accessing specific dementia services in Buckinghamshire can make caring for someone living with memory problems a lot easier and safer. In this guide you can find information on the services that can help families through their journey with dementia, from diagnosis through to support.
In addition to the NHS and charity services listed here, you might also like to check out the general NHS Services for the Elderly in Buckinghamshire and make use of Age Space’s downloadable, comprehensive Dementia Care Guide.
NHS Services for People with Dementia in Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire - The Memory Support Service
The Memory Support Service will most likely be your first port-of-call, or the first thing a GP will refer, if you elderly relative has had continued and progressing memory problems. This service is run by the Alzheimer’s Society on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council and in partnership with the local NHS care group.
They deliver Memory Screening assessment appointments online via Zoom to anyone concerned about their memory, as well as offering support and guidance via the telephone or online and face to face visits if required.
Memory Information sessions and Dementia Information & Support sessions take place regularly and are for anyone who’s concerned about their memory. The dates and times of these vary month to month, so you can check the current sessions available to attend and more details here.
Milton Keynes - Specialist Memory Service
The Milton Keynes Specialist Memory Service works in much the same way as the memory support service in Buckinghamshire, providing a comprehensive assessment of memory and post-diagnosis support. In addition to the advice and guidance this service can supply, they also run therapeutic group sessions to get the mind working a bit and offer support for dementia carers. Their multidisciplinary team of specialists can help with other behavioural and cognitive symptoms in addition to those that affect memory.
This service is for any Milton Keynes resident with the beginning signs of dementia, or who have experienced problems with memory for at least 6 months. Those who already have a diagnosis of dementia and have then got relevant social care will not be able to use this service.
This service can help in the home at a time that suits you, between 9:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday. It can also be accessed in care homes in the area. Referrals are taken through a Milton Keynes GP.
- Telephone: 01908 801020
NHS Speech and Language Therapy
In Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire there are specialist speech and language therapy services supplied by the NHS for adults struggling with speech. One potential symptom of dementia is a difficulty with speech and communication, so these services might be something you encounter. Patients can either get referred through their GP or by referring themselves directly to the service.
Different needs and conditions require varying methods of referral so follow this link to Buckinghamshire NHS’ Speech and Language Therapy For Adults page to find what suits you. You can also call your most convenient hospital to find out more details:
- Amersham Hospital: 01494 734415
- Stoke Mandeville Hospital: 01296 315247
- Wycombe Hospital: 01494 425015
Local Charities Supporting People With Dementia in Buckinghamshire
The Alzheimer’s Society is the major dementia charity in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. They work with the local social and NHS services, as well as independently, to supplement the dementia care network across the county. In addition to running the Memory Support Service (as mentioned above), the Alzheimer’s Society also run plenty of community support groups, memory cafés and singing groups for those living with dementia in Buckinghamshire.
Find out more on our Dementia-Friendly Buckinghamshire page.
Age UK Bucks
Although not a specific dementia-orientated service, Age UK Buckinghamshire are dedicated to helping older people in the community. Their information and advice line is open for anyone to call about issues within elderly care, which includes dementia. Their knowledgeable team can provide useful and up-to-date information and advice on all things to do with elderly care, and can help direct you to services local to you.
The Reminiscence Collection
The Reminiscence Collection is a selection of ‘Memory Bags‘ full of photos, music, films, puzzles, books and activities, designed to help people living with dementia relive their past and give their brain a workout. You can borrow Memory Bags from the Reminiscence Collection from several libraries around Buckinghamshire for up to three weeks.
Call 01296 383 966 for more information.
Bucks Home Library Service
The Bucks Home Library Service is there to get library services to those who cannot get to a library on their own. This is especially aimed at those who are living with a disability or illness, or whom are particularly elderly. They will get books delivered to a person’s home, and collect them when they are done reading them. Contact them for more details or use the Home Library Service Application Form to get involved.