The Calderdale memory service provides assessment, treatment and diagnosis for people experiencing memory problems and conditions such as dementia.
As well as providing support to older people, the service is also open to people aged under 65 who are in need of a memory assessment.
The service is accessed through the Calderdale single point of access. Referrals are sent to team leaders within community mental health teams for initial assessment.
All referrals are contacted and offered a choice of when the initial assessments will take place. Assessments usually take place at a person’s home, and will include a carers’ assessment where necessary.
If appropriate, an outpatient clinic appointment will be made for the person to see a consultant psychiatrist who will deliver a diagnosis.
People are referred to the Alzheimer’s Society to help them to understand their diagnosis, and will also be followed up by the team within two weeks.
If a person is to begin treatment they will be followed up for monitoring and dosage assessment. If no problems arise, people will be placed back into the care of their GP for ongoing prescriptions.
The dementia advisors or GP can refer back to the memory team at any point should a re-assessment be required.
Limited intensive support cover is available at weekends.
Why would someone choose the service
- Achievement of accreditation the under the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme.
- Skilled, experienced and committed staff who are all trained in dementia awareness.
- Excellent partnership working with the Alzheimer’s Society to provide a service where our aim is to keep the person at the centre.
Staff you may meet
- Care navigator
- Occupational therapist
- Other clinical staff
- Social worker
- Support worker