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The dementia service provides information, health education, assessment, advice and treatment for people who have:

  • mild cognitive impairment and at risk of significant decline
  • memory loss that is significant enough to impact on the persons abilities to carry out activities of daily living
  • a diagnosis of dementia

To be seen by the dementia service people must:

  • be registered with a Kingston GP
  • no longer under the care of the Memory Clinic or SW London Mental Health Team for Older People
  • have clinical as well as social care needs (people with just social care needs should be referred to Kingston Adult Social Care)

The dementia service is nurse led service.

Our aims are to:

  • deliver individualised person-centred care
  • reduce the risk of crisis management for people living with dementia and their families/caregivers
  • share information with families and caregivers about the disease trajectory of dementia in order to better prepare them for their caring role
  • improve health outcomes of people living with dementia
  • reduce hospital admissions for people living with dementia
  • improve quality of life for people living with dementia
  • enable people living with dementia to live independently for longer in their preferred place of care
  • support family and caregiver relationships with the person living with dementia through Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST)
  • facilitate advanced care planning
  • ensure that the person living with dementia is able to have a dignified death in their preferred place of care, adopting the principles of Namaste End of Life Care in the persons own home

We work closely with other professionals in health and social care as well as with voluntary organisations in order to deliver an integrated service.

If you are worried about your cognition or feel that your memory is letting you down, resulting in you struggling to carry out activities of daily living including households or managing finances please visit your GP. Your GP you may wish to refer you to the Memory Clinic for further assessment or may refer you to the dementia service for an initial detailed assessment at home.

If you wish to speak to the Your Healthcare Specialist Nurse Practitioner for Dementia to self-refer or for advice please contact the Single Point of Access on 020 8274 7088.

Your assessment may be at home and will cover your physical and psychological health including a cognitive assessment where appropriate, medication review, environmental and social care factors that may contribute to cognitive and sensory impairment. Dealing with these issues may slow down cognitive decline, reduce risks associated with sensory impairment, make you safer in your home, improve your quality of life and enable you to remain independent in your own home for longer. We may liaise with your GP if we feel a further medical review is required or an occupational therapist if we feel specialist equipment is required to help make your home safer.

The Specialist Nurse Practitioner for Dementia may recommend our 12 session Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST) programme if they feel that you and/or your family/caregiver would benefit from this. The 12 sessions are aimed to last 2 hours each and run over 6 weeks. However, we always aim to provide individualised person-centred care and are therefore very flexible. At the end of the 12 sessions you may be offered monthly maintenance sessions.

The dementia service is based at:

Hollyfield House
22 Hollyfield Road
Surbiton KT5 9AL
Telephone: 020 8274 7088 (for referrals)

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