Dementia support in East Sussex
The NHS has produced a practical guide to dementia. It includes signs and symptoms, diagnosis, how to live well, and planning your future care.
Follow these steps if you are concerned about your memory:
Visit your GP
If you’re worried about your memory, contact your GP. Your doctor may do some basic tests with you and might refer you to the memory assessment service.
Memory assessment service
This service provides:
- a memory assessment
- a diagnosis
- an ongoing care management plan for your GP
- referral back to your GP for continuing care
- up-to-date information about support and services available in your local area
- an offer of referral to the East Sussex Dementia Support Service to support you through your journey with dementia
For advice on what to expect at a memory assessment see:
- Next steps (Dementia Change Action Network)
Support after diagnosis
The Dementia Support Service covers East Sussex. It offers information, advice and support tailored to your needs.
Staff will work with you to develop a plan that reflects your health and wellbeing needs. This might include a financial health check.
Contact us and ask to be referred to the Dementia Support Service:
Once a referral has been made, a member of the team will contact you to arrange a visit.
Caring for someone with dementia
Carers can be referred for a carer’s assessment by the memory assessment service or complete their own assessment online.
Our carer’s section explains more about support which is available:
When you are caring for someone with dementia, it is easy to ignore your own needs and to forget that you matter too.
- Carers: looking after yourself (Alzheimer’s Society)