Living with dementia

A Memory Assessment Service: diagnosis and early intervention

A Memory Assessment Service comprises specialist staff skilled in the assessment, early support, intervention and treatment of people experiencing dementia, including consultant psychiatrists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychology, social workers and dedicated support workers.

The Memory team work together to provide specialist assessments to determine whether dementia is present in cases where other common causes have been excluded by the GP.

If dementia is diagnosed, then appropriate early intervention and advice, as part of an individualised care plan, are provided and onward signposting undertaken as required.

The assessments provided build upon the tests and history started by the GP. Where required, additional investigations are requested such as head scans or further blood tests to support the process of diagnosis and inform the type of care and information required.

Following assessment, if dementia is not confirmed, the Memory team will then either signpost on to other appropriate services or discharge back to the GP. The GP will be informed of the findings to ensure continuity of care and signposting to appropriate support networks and organisations for post-diagnosis support.

Support for dementia carers

Don’t forget to make sure that if you are caring for someone with dementia you also look after yourself. A good first point of contact is the Carers’ Team – see page xx for more information about having a carer’s assessment and a Carer’s Emergency Response Plan. A new Dementia Carers’ Handbook has been produced which you can ask for. The Carers’ Team can help you identify appropriate support and more.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust offers Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, aimed at those in the early stages of dementia. This also offers a parallel course for family carers.

Rethink also offers dedicated face-to-face carers’ assessments for carers of people with dementia.

For more information, go to Lincolnshire County Council’s online information and advice service at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/mychoicemycare.

Alzheimer’s Society Lincolnshire provides information, advice and support to people with dementia, their families and family carers through its dedicated Dementia Family Support Service.

It runs a number of Dementia Cafés across the county, more details of which are on page xx. These provide a relaxed and welcoming opportunity to meet other people, share experiences and obtain information and advice.

Alzheimer’s Society also runs a number of Singing for the Brain groups (details on page xx) which, as well as being beneficial for the person with dementia, are highly enjoyable as something for family members caring for a person with dementia and friends to do together.

Alzheimer’s Society has recently introduced Carers’ Support groups. These are for carers or former carers for someone with a diagnosis of dementia. They provide a relaxed and welcoming opportunity to meet other people, share experiences and obtain information and advice.

The Society also runs activity groups (details on page xx). These are for people with dementia and their carers, and include stimulating indoor and outdoor activities to support various interests such as boccia, table top gardening, crafts, puzzles and walking.

The Dementia Cafés, Singing for the Brain and Carers’ Support and activity groups offer valuable opportunities for social contact and to build new networks of support and friendship.

Alzheimer’s Society offers a Side by Side service which helps people with dementia to keep doing the things they love, with the support of a volunteer. The Society has also developed a pioneering new service at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, where dedicated staff based in the hospital offer information, advice, advocacy and support for people with dementia and their families, carers and friends. This helps improve the experience of admission and the stay in hospital, and also assists with discharge from hospital.

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You can contact Alzheimer’s Society at:

Lincoln House,
15 Sixfield Close (Off Skellingthorpe Road),
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN6 0EJ

Tel: 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk (for general enquiries) or LincolnshireDFSS@alzheimers.org.uk for the Dementia Family Support Service
Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

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Dedicated support for families living with dementia

Dementia Support South Lincs

Dementia Support South Lincs supports around 200 families in South Lincolnshire, helping to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers and reduce the sense of social isolation associated with the condition.

Services include one-to-one advice and information, emotional support from our memory health care worker and peer support at monthly meetings where members can share experiences or take part in an activity. We also have a very active group of younger people with dementia, who enjoy getting together every month for a pub lunch.

For more information, contact Kate Marshall on 07867 635611 or email k.marshall18@btinternet.com
Website: www.dementiasupportsouthlincs.co.uk

Age Care Advice – Dementia Companion Service

This is a small independent company run by a qualified social worker that can provide a care co-ordinator or companion to support individuals and families with dementia during the dementia journey. This can help ensure that care is appropriate, safe and adapted as care needs change. It can help family carers who need to take a break or a holiday by monitoring the care of the person with dementia, providing peace of mind. The service offers much more besides, including assistance with attending health appointments, help with stays in hospital, and being a contact for the Carers’ Emergency Response Plan and Lifeline Alarm Service. Charges apply.

For more information, email agecareadvice@gmail.com or call 07772 992732 or 01476 552137.

All About Me – planning ahead for going into hospital or care

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has launched an innovative new project to support health and social care staff when caring for people with dementia. All About Me is an easy to use planning tool, designed to be used by families and friends to plan ahead for hospital admissions or going into a care setting.

All About Me is a detailed document containing key information about a person’s routine, interests and preferences. It helps health and social care staff provide attentive and personalised care, based on a sound understanding of the person’s needs, communication, likes and dislikes.

The document covers:

  • Any medication the person is taking or they are allergic to.
  • Any support they may need with eating and drinking.
  • Any mobility aids they require or issues that may affect their movement.
  • Their normal sleeping routine.
  • Anything that might make them nervous, angry or sad or things that calm them down.
  • Any interests, hobbies or things that are important to that person.

The All About Me document is available as an electronic or physical document. The electronic version can be found at the dedicated website: www.allaboutme-lincolnshire.org.uk. Physical copies are available from any Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS) office at a Lincolnshire NHS Hospital. For more information about the All About Me document email patient.experience@ulh.nhs.uk or call 01476 464560.

Dementia Family Support Service

The Dementia Family Support Service is provided by Alzheimer’s Society and funded by Lincolnshire County Council to help people with a dementia diagnosis, their families and carers. The service is available countywide and delivered by specialist family support workers.

The service provides information on dementia and advice on managing the condition to help people with dementia to stay independent for as long as possible. The service also helps people affected by dementia to navigate other available services to find the right support for them.

For more information or to make a referral, contact Alzheimer’s Society’s Lincolnshire office:

Tel: 01522 692681
Email: LincolnshireDFSS@alzheimers.org.uk

Local dementia support groups

Joining in new activities and sharing experiences with other people can be a positive and rewarding experience for those with dementia.

Boston Alzheimer’s Carers’ Group
Black Sluice Cottages, London Road, Boston PE21 7RA

Tel: Hugh MacKay on 01205 351254
Email: mackay.06@btinternet.com 

Boston Caring Companions Carers Support Group
15 Edinburgh Crescent, Kirton, Boston, PE20 1JT

Tel: Stanley Naylor on 01205 722594  
Email: stannayk37@talktalk.net 

Boston Dementia Café
Len Medlock Centre, St Georges Road,
Boston, PE21 8YB. Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Bourne Support Group
Corn Exchange, Abbey Road, Bourne, PE10 9EF
Run by Dementia Support South Lincs

Tel: Kate Marshall on 07867 635611
Email: k.marshall18@btinternet.com
Web: www.dementiasupportsouthlincs.co.uk 

Cherry Willingham, Reepham, Fiskerton
Assist Dementia Support Group
Contact times: 8.45am to 12 noon, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Tel: 01522 370164
Email: contact@assistlincs.org.uk

Crowland and District 55+ Carers’ Group
Lunch group 11.00am to 3.00pm
The Methodist Church, Reform Street, Crowland PE6 0AN

Tel: Margaret Taylor on 01733 210326

Deepings Support Group
Deepings Community Centre, 2 Douglas Road, Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, PE6 8PA
Run by Dementia Support South Lincs

Tel: Kate Marshall on 07867 635611
Email: k.marshall18@btinternet.com
Web: www.dementiasupportsouthlincs.co.uk

Me Time – Our Time Support Group
Wishing Well Pub, Dyke, Bourne
Run by Dementia Support South Lincs.

Tel: Kate Marshall on 07867 635611
Email: k.marshall18@btinternet.com

Gainsborough Carers’ Group
The Scout Hut, Love Lane, Gainsborough DN21 2SG
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Gainsborough Memory Support Café
Foxby Court, Middlefield Lane, Gainsborough
Run by Order of St John’s Trust.

Tel: 01427 613376. Supported by an Admiral nurse.

Gainsborough Dementia Café
Marshall’s Sports Club Community Hall, Middlefield Lane,
Gainsborough DN21 1XR. Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Gainsborough Singing for the Brain Group
Marshall’s Sports Club Community Hall, Middlefield Lane,
Gainsborough DN21 1XR. Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk 

Gainsborough Activity Group
Newlands Court, Newlands, Gainsborough
DN21 1QX. Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Grantham Activity Group
Grantham Alive Church, Castlegate, Grantham NG31 6TA
Run by Alzheimer’s Society

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Grantham Dementia Café 
Grantham Alive Church, Castlegate, Grantham NG31 6TA
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Grantham Singing for the Brain Group
Jubilee Church Life Centre, 1-5 London Road, Grantham NG31 6EY
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Holbeach Support Group
Youth Centre, Boston Road, Holbeach

Tel: 07925 597589 

Lincoln Activity Group
Holy Cross Church Hall, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln LN6 7RB
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk 

Lincoln Activity Group
Bracebridge community Centre, Maple Street,
Lincoln LN5 8QT. Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk 

Lincoln Singing for the Brain Group
Holy Cross Church Hall, Skellingthorpe Road
Lincoln LN6 7RB. Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Lincoln Dementia Café
Bracebridge Community Centre, Maple Street,
Lincoln LN5 8QT. Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Market Rasen Dementia Café  
Festival Hall, Caistor Road,
Market Rasen, Lincoln LN8 3HT
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk 

North Hykeham Carers’ Group
Memorial Hall, 317 Newark Road, North Hykeham LN6 9RY
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Saxilby Carers’ Group
Function Room, St Andrew’s Centre, William Street, Saxilby LN1 2LP
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Skegness Dementia Café
St Paul’s Church Hall, (Mustard Seeds Café), Beresford Avenue,
Skegness PE25 3HY
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Sleaford Activity Group
St Denys Church Room, Market Place, Sleaford NG34 7SH
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Sleaford Dementia Café
The Source, Southgate, Sleaford NG34 7RY
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Sleaford Singing for the Brain Group
The Source, Southgate, Sleaford NG34 7RY
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Spilsby Memory Support Café
Eresby Hall, Spilsby. Run by Order of St John’s Trust.

Tel: Helena Shelton on 01790 752495

Stamford Support Group
Blackstones Sports and Social Club, Lincoln Road, Stamford PE9 1UU
Run by Dementia Support South Lincs.

Tel: Kate Marshall on 07867 635611
Email: k.marshall18@btinternet.com
Web: www.dementiasupportsouthlincs.co.uk

Welton Carers’ Group
Welton Village Hall, 51 Ryland Road, Welton LN2 3LU
Run by Alzheimer’s Society.

Tel: Alzheimer’s Society Lincoln on 01522 692681
Email: lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk
Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk