Dementia support in East Sussex

The NHS has produced a practical guide to dementia including signs and symptoms, diagnosis, how to live well with the illness and advanced care planning.

Follow these steps if you are concerned about your memory:

Visit your GP

If you’re worried about your memory, you should 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 for you and your carer about support and services available in your local area
  • an offer of referral to the East Sussex Dementia Post Diagnostic Support Service to support you throughout your journey with dementia

For advice on what to expect at a memory assessment see:

Support after diagnosis

The Dementia Support Service covers East Sussex and offers information, advice and support tailored to your needs.

They 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 can be all too easy to ignore your own needs and to forget that you matter too.