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Dementia in family members

Worried that a family member has dementia or memory loss?

We understand that it can be heart-breaking to see a family member struggle with their memory. We have designed our services to assist those who are supporting or caring for a loved one. Find out how MemoryClinix can help…

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If you are worried about memory loss affecting yourself or a family member, a dementia assessment can provide comfort and peace of mind.

Call us on 0330 124 1970 to arrange a free, no-obligation, Mini-ACE cognitive test (worth £100).

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You need to care for yourself, as well as your loved one

Dedicating time to support someone you love with dementia can be both a rewarding and a challenging experience. Education plays a key part of the caring process, as the more you learn about dementia and memory loss the better prepared you will be for what lies ahead.

Here at MemoryClinix, we also realise that the needs of carers and other family members is vital to the wellbeing of the patient. Remember: in order to fully support the person you care for, you first need to look after yourself.

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Caring for someone with dementia

Whether you like the term or not, healthcare and social service providers will refer to anyone looking after a dementia sufferer as a ‘carer’. In your mind, you are just looking after your spouse, partner, relative or close friend.

It is important to realise that you are not alone and there is help available. If you are seeking advice and support, please book an appointment with us.

Prepare for the changes ahead

When dementia progresses, you will find that you will need to provide more support which will change the relationship with your loved one. This can be tough if you are not used to dealing with the household finances, transport or cooking meals.

Try to prepare for what changes need to be made in the future, talk to others and look for support.

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Support for dementia carers

Whether you are a sufferer or know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, we offer a range of virtual support services, including:

  • Occupational therapy: our occupational therapist will provide both patient-centred and family-centred approaches.
  • Virtual carers support groups: four coaching sessions per month to offer carers practical help, such as communication techniques, and personal support  facilitated by our collaborators from Memory Matters

How to avoid care-giver burden

Caregiver burden is a term which describes the physical, emotional, social and financial impact of caring for someone. Common risk factors include social isolation, spending much of the day in a caring role, financial worries and a lack of personal choice.

Take breaks from caring and dedicate time to looking after yourself. We can advise you on the different ways to overcome the challenges of looking after a person with cognitive impairment.

Worried about a loved one or family member?

If you are concerned that a loved one is suffering from memory loss, MemoryClinix offers a range of virtual services aimed at providing the right diagnosis and treatment.

We can arrange an initial assessment with one of our qualified clinicians who can then recommend the next step as we also support you through the pre and post-diagnosis process. This could be general advice, medical tests or a personal care plan.

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If you are worried about memory loss affecting yourself or a family member, a dementia assessment can provide comfort and peace of mind.

Call us on 0330 124 1970 to arrange a free, no-obligation, Mini-ACE cognitive test (worth £100).

    Call now
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How the MemoryClinix care plan works

Producing a personal care plan involves a three-stage process:

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STEP ONE: Initial assessment

Includes medical and psychiatric history, mental state examination and cognitive and daily living activities (ADLs) testing. It might also be necessary to organise dementia blood tests and a CT head scan.

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STEP TWO: Diagnosis and treatment consultation

Following the results of the tests mentioned in step one, we will be able to put a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made we can formulate a personal care plan tailored to the patient’s needs.

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STEP THREE: Post diagnosis support and follow-up

We can advise on support services and treatments using trusted specialists registered on our HLP-U directory.

What is dementia?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises dementia as a public health priority.

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50 million

people worldwide have dementia

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42,000 people

are living with young-onset dementia

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Alzheimer’s disease

is the most common form of dementia

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Vascular dementia

is the second most common type of dementia

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Worldwide around 50 million people have dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year (WHO Dementia Factsheet).

Dementia has become a major health concern among the elderly, with prevalence rates estimated at 7.1% in those aged over 65, according to the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Dementia is a group of related symptoms characterised by a progressive decline of brain function with age. It affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, problem-solving, motivation, mood, sleep, personality and behaviour.

There are different types of dementia and a correct diagnosis helps both families and professionals to provide the right care and support. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which accounts for about 60-70% of the cases. Vascular dementia is the second most common type and is caused by a reduced blood flow to the brain. Sufferers with both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia have what is known as mixed dementia.

The risk of dementia increases with age, but there are people who develop symptoms before the age of 65, which is known as young-onset dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 42,000 people in the UK living with young-onset dementia.

About MemoryClinix

We combine mental health expertise, recent medical research data and latest video conferencing technology to offer a comprehensive memory loss and dementia prevention support service.