It is estimated that over 19,000 people are living with dementia in Essex, with this number due to rise consistently over the coming years. Dementia poses a range of difficulties for individuals and families, but there is plenty of support available in Essex to help you from getting a diagnosis, to finding treatments, to managing life as well as is possible.
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 who can initially refer them for a memory assessment. You can read more about health care services in our guide to Elderly Care in Essex.
There is also a wealth of support from charities and other small organisations that provide support in the community. In particular, the Alzheimer’s Society run the Essex Community Dementia Support Service, who you can contact with any queries about dementia care and support on 01245 260 911.
This page will guide you through all of the services and support available for people with dementia in Essex from the NHS and from national and local charities.
NHS Services for people with Dementia in Essex
Clinical Commissioning Groups
NHS mental health services in Essex, including care for dementia, are organised and commissioned by the 7 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Each CCG is made up of groups of GPs, who are likely to be your relative’s go-to health professional. You can find out more from our guide to NHS Care in Essex.
If you think your relative needs specialist mental health support, or you think that they are displaying symptoms of dementia, the first thing you should do is make an appointment with their GP. You can find your relative’s nearest GP practice using this Tool on the NHS Website.
Many of the specialist dementia services are provided by the Essex University Partnership Trust (EPUT), who operate across Essex
You can find out more about dementia and local support from each of the CCG’s website below.
- Mid Essex CCG
- North East Essex CCG
- Castlepoint & Rochford CCG
- Basildon & Brentwood CCG
- West Essex CCG
- Thurrock CCG
- Southend CCG
Intensive and Crisis Support
Dementia Intensive Support Service (Mid-Essex)
The Dementia Intensive Support Service (DISS) is a one-stop mental and physical care service for people affected by dementia in Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District. Delivered in collaboration by the NHS, charities and local organisations, they provide both early intervention support to help people to stay in their own homes, and crisis care if their condition requires it.
Telephone: 01245 515 313
Dementia Intensive/ Crisis Support Team (Brentwood and Thurrock)
The Dementia Intensive / Crisis Support Team in Brentwood and Thurrock provide their services from the Brentwood Community Hospital. It provides support for people with dementia and their carers or care providers to manage periods of crisis, and avoid possible admission to hospital where possible.
Telephone: 01277 695110
Dementia and Memory Assessment Services
If your GP thinks it is appropriate, your relative may be referred to one of the Dementia and Memory Assessment Services that operate throughout Essex. At these clinics, they will be able to provide your relative with an assessment and diagnosis of their condition, make suggestions about possible treatments, and signpost you to other local services and organisations.
You can find below the locations and contact details for each of the memory assessment services in Essex. The services are divided in to Memory Assessment Services and Dementia and Frailty Services. They operate in different locations, and the Dementia and Frailty Services deal with a wider range of conditions related to frailty – ‘a state of mental, physical or emotional vulnerability especially in later life, requiring a high level of support with personal care’. Nonetheless, both types of service can provide a memory assessment and make suggestions for your relative’s next steps.
The NHS strongly advises that anyone concerned about their memory to contact their GP before trying to organise an assessment.
Memory Assessment Services
Basildon Hospital, Nethermayne,
Telephone: 03330 137068
Castle Point & Rochford:
Telephone: 01268 739116
Mountnessing Court, 230 Mountnessing Rd,
Telephone: 03330 137068
The Harland Centre,
Westcliff on Sea,
Telephone: 01702 226190
Brentwood Resource Centre,
Greenwich Ave, Brentwood,
Telephone: 01277 265300
Jubilee Day Unit,
Thurrock Community Hospital,
Long Lane, Grays, RM16 2PX
Telephone: 01375 364532
Dementia and Frailty Services
Mid Essex Specialist Dementia Frailty Service,
The Crystal Centre,
Pudding Wood Drive,
Telephone: 01245 515300
The King’s Wood Centre Specialist Dementia Frailty Service
Telephone: 01206 228970
Harlow Specialist Dementia Service,
Latton Bush Centre,
Telephone: 01279 621919
Epping Specialist Dementia Frailty Service
MHU, St Margaret’s Hospital
Telephone: 01279 827871
Uttlesford Specialist Dementia Frailty Service,
Telephone: 01279 872900
Adult Speech and Language Therapy
Some people affected by dementia have difficulty with speech, language, and communication. The EPUT provides services to assist adults requiring speech and language therapy in West Essex and South East Essex areas, in North Essex these services are provided by the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, and in mid-Essex by Provide. You can find below the websites and contact details for speech and language therapy in your relative’s local area.
Telephone: 01206 742 560
South East Essex
Telephone: 01702 578613
Older People’s Community Mental Health Teams (OPCMHT)
Older Peoples Community Mental Health Teams (OPCMHTs) support older people requiring specialist NHS mental health services, including dementia. You can learn more about the work of the OPCMHTs from the EPUT website.
The Community Mental Health Teams in Essex have an open referral system, meaning you can contact them directly looking for support. Contact details for the OPCMHTs can be found below.
Basildon Telephone: 01268 739151
Brentwood Telephone: 01277 265300
Castle Point and Rochford Telephone: 01268 366470
Southend Telephone: 01702 226190
Thurrock Telephone: 01375 413910
Essex Charities supporting people with Dementia
Essex County Council funds the Alzheimer’s Society to provide several support services to make life easier for people living with dementia. They run the Essex Community Dementia Support Service, who you can contact on 01245 260 911. They can help you with any and all queries about supporting your relative with dementia and signpost you to the most appropriate support.
They also provide a family navigator service, where support workers from the Alzheimer’s Society can offer information and practical guidance to help you understand dementia, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future. They usually run this service from health centres and hospitals.
In addition, they run a range of dementia cafes and clubs, which you can find out more about from our page on Dementia-Friendly Essex.
Age UK Essex
Age UK Essex provide a All Sitting and Companionship Service to provide respite for carers. All of their sitters are fully-trained Dementia Friends, meaning you can have peace of mind while you take a needed break. There is an hourly fee of £16.65 for this service.
Telephone: 01245 423 333
Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who can provide support to families affected by dementia. They operate in a range of locations, including care homes, hospitals and in the community. There are Admiral Nurse teams in Essex primarily associated with hospitals in Basildon and Colchester, and with the Farleigh hospice in Mid-Essex. If you are interested in the services of an Admiral Nurse team, the best thing to do is to speak to your relative’s GP, who may be able to make a referral.
Dementia Adventure is an Essex-based charity that aims to support people with dementia and their carers by helping to get them outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.
They can provide free dementia training and skills workshops for family carers in order to develop your caring confidence and ability, and helping you and your relative to live better with dementia. They also run specialist dementia holidays.
Telephone: 01245 237548
Action for Family Carers
Action For Family Carers are an Essex Charity that support carers. They run Active Minds groups, which are groups that are designed help people with dementia to engage in a range of fun and stimulating activities including musical bingo, reminiscence discussions, and arts and crafts. The groups cost £18 per session.
When: Mondays from 1.00pm until 3.30pm
When: Wednesdays from 1.00pm until 3.30pm
St Andrew’s Church
When: Thursdays from 1.00pm until 3.30pm.
Quakers Meeting Hall
Action for Family Carers also run Keeping Active groups, providing people with dementia ways of keeping fit and mobile. You can read more about their Keeping Active groups from our page on Dementia-Friendly Essex.