Care Services for People With Dementia in Essex

Care Services for People With Dementia in Essex

Dementia Care Services in EssexIt is estimated that nearly 20,000 people are living with dementia in Essex, with this number set to rise to over 25,000 over the next ten years. Dementia poses a range of difficulties for individuals and families, but there is plenty of support available in Essex to help you out; from getting a diagnosis, to finding treatments and managing life.

The NHS provides crucial and comprehensive services for people with dementia throughout Essex, most of which can be accessed through a visit to your relative’s GP. There is also a wealth of support from charities and other small organisations that provide support in the community.

This page will guide you through all of the services and support available for people with dementia in Essex.

NHS Services for People with Dementia in Essex

You can find a comprehensive guide to how overall NHS services are run in Essex through our dedicated page on Elderly Care in Essex.

Memory Assessment Service

If you are concerned about your memory, you will first have to consult with your GP. This is because there are many reasons for changes in memory and thinking abilities, some of which can relate to physical health. If appropriate, the GP will refer you to the Memory Assessment Service.

The Assessment is carried out in four steps:

  1. Your relative will meet with a specialist nurse who can gather any information regarding changes to their memory and medical background. They will also carry out a 15 minute check of memory and thinking skills. With consent, a friend or family member will be asked to comment as well.
  2. The gathered information will be discussed in a clinical meeting with members of NHS Essex’s psychiatry and psychology teams.
  3. Your relative will be referred for a brain scan at Colchester General Hospital. Depending on the outcomes of stage one, some patients will also be invited to see a member of their psychology team for a more detailed test.

  4. The results will be reviewed once all of these investigations are complete. Your relative will then be invited to a feedback appointment with a member of the team to discuss the results and the next steps.

Memory Assessments can be carried out at each of the following locations:

Basildon

  • Basildon Mental Health Unity, Community Resource Centre, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL

Brentwood

  • Brentwood Resource Centre, Greenwich Avenue, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4SW

Colchester

  • King’s Wood Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5JY

Grays

  • Jubilee Unit, Thurrock Hospital, Long Lane, Grays, Essex, RM16 2PX

Westcliff-on-Sea

  • Harland Centre, Balmoral Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7DM

Visit the website or get in touch using the details below for further information on this service.

  • South-East Telephone: 01268 739116
  • North-East Telephone: 01206 228928
  • Visit Website

Intensive & Crisis Support

Dementia Intensive Support Service (Mid-Essex)

The Dementia Intensive Support Service provides intensive support to patients with dementia of any age and older people with a Mental Health diagnosis to reduce hospital admissions.

Their Multi Disciplinary Team work closely with Community Nursing colleagues and Essex County Council teams to support patients suffering a mental health crisis to remain in their place of residence by providing timely assessment, diagnosis and treatment for up to six weeks.

For more information on this service, you can visit the NHS Essex website here.

Dementia & Frailty Services

Through the Dementia & Frailty Services, comprehensive support can be offered to people diagnosed with dementia as well as their carers. This is provided by a team made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and nursing & social care professionals.

The service can meet both short term and long term needs, with care allocated to the right professional depending on your relative’s care needs. Visit the link below to the support area most appropriate to you for more details on the help and treatments provided.

Adult Speech & Language Therapy

Speech and language therapy in Essex

Some people affected by dementia have difficulty with speech, language, and communication. The NHS provides support for adults requiring speech and language therapy in Essex through Provide.

Provide will be able to offer assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management for people with an acquired voice, speech, language, communication, or swallowing disorder or difficulty. You can find out more about the services they offer through the details below.

Essex Charities Supporting People with Dementia

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society Essex

The Alzheimer’s Society runs a Dementia Connect Service in Essex that is funded by Essex County Council. This is a free and easy to use, personalised support and advice service available to anyone who is affected by dementia. Expert dementia advisors will be able to listen and help with any dementia-related questions you or your relative may have.

You can access the service by getting in touch with them through the details provided below:

Dementia Adventure

Dementia Adventure is an Essex-based charity that aims to support people with dementia and their carers by helping to get them outdoors to connect with nature and their community in order to retain a sense of adventure in their lives.

They can provide free dementia training and skills workshops for family carers in order to develop caring confidence, as well as helping you and your relative to live better with dementia. They also run specialist dementia holidays.

Action for Family Carers

Dementia Support Groups in Essex - Action for Family CarersAction For Family Carers are an Essex based charity that supports carers, running a range of social activities and support services for young and adult carers. They also offer Active Minds groups, which are designed to help people with dementia to engage in a range of fun and stimulating activities, including musical bingo, reminiscence discussions and arts and crafts. 

You will be able to find more information on all of this and more through their website or by getting in touch through the details provided below.