If you’re concerned that you’re becoming more forgetful, or having difficulty with concentrating and keeping organised, our specialist Memory Service can assess your situation for conditions which might be affecting you.
Our mental health teams and services, including Talking Therapies, are available if you need support.
You can also find resources and guides on our website to help you if you need more advice.
Difficulties with memory and concentration can be caused by many different things. However, if you do have a condition like dementia, diagnosing it early on can help you keep a high quality of life and independence.
Once you’re referred to us, we’ll arrange an appointment with one of our psychiatrists or memory clinic nurses. This could be at one of our local clinics, or we can visit your home. It’s a good idea to bring a family member or carer along to your appointment as they can often help explain what the changes you’ve been experiencing.
To help us with your diagnosis, we’ll assess your memory and other skills.
Depending on your needs, we may also recommend further assessments, such as brain scans and skill testing (also known as neuropsychology testing).
We’ll then talk to you about available support for you and your family or carers.
If you’re diagnosed with dementia, there are several treatment options we can discuss with you, including:
- Medication (which will be reviewed by your GP and at our memory clinic)
- Post-diagnostic counselling
- Cognitive stimulation therapy
- Support for life story work
- Appointments with Dementia Advisors who can provide information, support and help plan for the future
- Educational programmes for your family and carers
You may also like to read the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Handbook, which offers practical guidance for people living with memory difficulties.
If we aren’t able to diagnose you, but you’re showing signs of difficulties, we’ll book a follow up appointment with you in a year’s time to review your condition.
If you’re concerned about your memory or thinking skills, please make an appointment to see your GP first. They’ll be able to rule out other conditions and carry out their own assessment before referring you into our service.
Once you’re ready to be referred, your GP will need to contact our CPE team.
Call 0300 365 2000
You can contact any of our memory clinics between the following times:
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Church Hill House
51-52 Turing Drive
Call 01344 823220
Hazelwood Day Unit
Hazelwood Day Unit
Prospect Park Hospital
Honey End Lane
Call 0118 960 5959
Call 01753 635210
Call 01635 292070
Call 01628 640 200
Barkham Day Hospital
41 Barkham Road
Call 0118 949 5101
There are a number of local and national support groups that you can access, including:
- Alzheimer’s Society (visit their website)
- Berkshire carers (visit their website)
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (visit their website)
- YPWD Berkshire West (visit their website)
- Dementia adventure (visit their website)
You can also find information from Alzheimer's Society on reducing your risk of dementia
Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of progressive conditions which may affect memory, thinking, problem-solving, language, and possibly mood and behaviour.
Everyone will experience dementia differently, depending on the cause, on which parts of the brain is affected as the condition progresses, and their own personality and circumstances.
Our course will help you to understand and support someone recently diagnosed with dementia.
It is split into six sections, each covering different topic such as:
- What is Dementia?
- Memory and communication
- Understanding and coping with new behaviour
- Physical aspects
- Legal issues, drive, and benefits
- Ongoing care
Our course is free, and you can read the materials all in your own time.
The slides are displayed as PowerPoint (.ppt) files.
Understanding Dementia Course
My House of Memories app