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Care Services for People with Dementia in Dorset

There are currently over 7,000 people living with dementia in Dorset, which is constantly increasing due to growing life expectancies. For families caring for a loved one with dementia, knowing the local care services available can make a huge difference.

In the following guide, you will be able to find out about the NHS services and charities that you can make use of in Dorset.

Age Space also has a free, downloadable guide to Caring for Someone with Dementia that should be useful for every step of the journey.

NHS Dementia Services in Dorset

For an overview of how the NHS services are run in Dorset, take a look at our Elderly Care in Dorset page

Memory Assessment Service

NHS Dementia Services in DorsetThe NHS’ Memory Assessment Service in Dorset is in place to assess any memory problems that somebody is facing and diagnose dementia. Additionally, the service offers emotional wellbeing courses for carers.

People can be seen in a variety of settings, including hospital clinics, GP surgeries, or even in their own home if there is a reason they are unable to travel.

The Memory Assessment Service team is comprised of registered nurses, an occupational therapist, neuropsychologists, non-medical prescribers, advanced nurse practitioners and psychiatrists. Each member of staff will be able to offer a range of different, possible options to complete assessments and diagnostic work which will be discussed with you before appointments.

The team will complete a thorough assessment of cognition and effects on functioning. If necessary they will refer for a CT brain scan and in more complex cases they will request an MRI scan or neuropsychological assessment for a more in-depth assessment.

Following the assessment, you will be given a clear plan of care and the team will refer you on to other agencies, as well as liaising with you as needed.

Local Dementia Charity Services in Dorset

Alongside what the NHS can offer, there are also a number of services run by local charities in Dorset. These are primarily in support of those who have received a dementia diagnosis.

Charities can also offer opportunities to improve wellbeing and loneliness by offering events and activities for those with dementia and their carers to get involved with. Many of these can be found in our guide to Dementia Friendly Dorset.

Dementia Coordinator Service, Help & Care

The Dementia Coordinator Service is run by Help & Care as one of two charity-run services that are in partnership with the NHS.

This service provides post-diagnostic support for people with a diagnosis of dementia, as well as their families and carers. This will include a dedicated Early Onset Dementia provision, as well as Dementia Roadshows that offer information on dementia to local people and agencies.

The aim is to support people living with Dementia to improve their independent living and help to prevent a crisis. Help & Care are committed to supporting you to live well with Dementia.

You should be offered the support of a Dementia Coordinator when a diagnosis of dementia is received through the NHS’ Memory Assessment Service.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, Age UK

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in DorsetCognitive Stimulation Therapy, run by Age UK, is the other charity-run dementia service that is in partnership with the NHS. It is the only non-clinical intervention that is recommended by the UK Government National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the management of dementia.

What happens in a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group?

There will be a maximum of eight people in each Cognitive Stimulation Therapy group, who will remain together for the duration of the programme. This allows people to get to know those who are in their group and form friendships with one another.

Each sessions will last three hours and includes Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, team games and refreshments. The main activity will last for about an hour and will include a range of enjoyable activities that provide general stimulation for thinking, concentration, memory and the ability to connect with others. Each week will have a different theme, such as:

  • Current news and events
  • Past travel and geography
  • Childhood
  • Food
  • Faces and scenes
  • Words
  • Numbers

These activities aim to improve the memory and thinking skills of participants with mild to moderate dementia, to help improve the quality of their daily lives. They also empower people to share their thoughts and feelings in a peer supportive environment, whilst providing respite for carers.

For further information on the service, including how to enrol, you can visit the Age UK website or get in contact using the details provided below.

Alzheimer's Society Dementia Support Line

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Support Line is available to offer you personalised information, support and advice, whatever your situation. Their advisors will also be able to help connect you with any other support that you may benefit from.

Telephone support is available seven days a week:

  • Monday, 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Alzheimer’s Society also run a number of memory cafés and other activity groups in Dorset, which you can find out more about on our Dementia Friendly Dorset page.