- Contacting us and opening hours
- About us
- Meet the team
- Assessment - what to expect
- What is early onset dementia?
- Refer to our service
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TypeYounger Persons with Dementia Team
The Younger Persons with Dementia Team team is a countywide service that consists of nurses, occupational therapists, support workers, and admin. The team aims to provide specialist assessment, timely diagnosis, and support for adults under the age of 65 with early-onset dementia. Assessments take place either within clinics or service user’s homes.
Our aim is to minimize an individual’s experience of impairment & disability to empower them to live well with dementia. By using local community resources, we aim to enhance social inclusion and individual support networks. Whilst also supporting family and carers to maintain their health and wellbeing needs.
Who for: For adults up to the age of 65 years.
How to access: Referrals can be made via GP, healthcare professionals, and the voluntary sector. Click here to find out more information and complete an online referral form.
AddressThe Rushden Centre, Newton Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 0PT
Contacting us and opening hours
Our service is available Monday – Friday between the hours of 9am - 5pm
Our office number: 01933 415511
The Rushden Centre
Northants, NN10 0PT
The aim of our service supports people who may be worried about their memory and cognitive functioning. As a service we:
- provide specialist assessment, care planning, treatment, and support of younger adults with dementia.
- provide a diagnosis.
- minimise experiences of impairment & disability to allow individuals to live well with dementia.
- support families and carers within their caring roles and promote their health and wellbeing needs.
The first step is to complete an assessment to rule out any other causes that may be impacting memory symptoms.
Meet the team
We are a specialist community nurse led team that is countywide. The team consists of the following members of staff:
- Jenny Kerti – Team manager
- Emma Green - Community psychiatric nurse
- Sue Payne - Community psychiatric nurse
- Will Strangward - Community psychiatric nurse
- Frances Hooper – Occupational Therapist.
- Kate Fraiel – Support worker
- Jane George – Admin/reception
Assessment - what to expect
- Assessment may take place in a clinic, GP surgery, or your own home. This usually lasts 1-2 hours.
- A family member or friend is welcomed to attend in order to provide you with support.
- We will explore your current memory symptoms with you and your significant others.
- We will ask you questions about your general health, background history, and mental health.
- We will complete a cognitive test with you which is a series of questions and tasks that help us look at your cognitive skills.
- It may be that we require some further assessment for example an assessment of your day to day living skills or a driving assessment (paper exercise).
- We may request for you to have an MRI brain scan but will discuss this with you following the initial assessment.
- At the end of the assessment, we will discuss with you the outcome and any further assessment required if necessary.
- You will receive a written report of your assessment and the advised outcomes.
What is early onset dementia?
Dementia in adults under the age of 65 is referred to as early-onset dementia. Younger adults tend to have rarer types of dementia and the support they require will again be different from that of the older adult with dementia.
Dementia is a progressive brain condition which can be characterised by some of the following symptoms:
- Memory loss.
- Difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language.
- Changes within the functioning of daily activities.
- Changes in spatial awareness/ vision.
- Changes in mood, behaviour or personality.
- Disorientation to time and place.
- Problems with words/speech/writing.
- Misplacing things.
- Problem controlling emotions.
- Decreased judgement and decision making.
- Social withdrawal.
- Loss of empathy and compassion.
NHFT have a research department that carry out dementia related research. Where appropriate you will be offered the opportunity to be contacted about any studies that may be suitable for you. This is optional.
Refer to our service
Worried about your memory – what can you do?
- If you have any concerns about your memory talk to your GP.
- There are some physical conditions and medications that can cause memory disturbances and your GP can rule these out with some simple blood tests.
- Your GP may complete a basic memory test with you.
- If your GP feels It appropriate after following our referral criteria they may refer you to our for further specialist assessment.
I'm a professional making a referral
The younger persons with dementia team provide a memory assessment service for people under the age of 65 and also provide on-going support for those who have a diagnosis of dementia and have a high level of need, display significant risk, or require medication monitoring.
Who to refer:
- People under the age of 65 with a Northamptonshire GP
- People who have unexplained memory problems/suspected dementia which requires further investigation
- People with a dementia diagnosis whose needs warrant secondary mental health intervention (e.g. high level of need, presenting with high and unpredictable levels of risk)
- People taking cognitive enhancing medication
- People living in their own homes, in hospital, in prison, in care homes or who are homeless
Who not to refer / who can best be helped elsewhere
- People over the age of 65 - should be referred to their local Memory Assessment Team by clicking here
- People with a known brain injury (e.g. as a result of an accident or single stroke) with a cognitive impairment which has not worsened since the injury – they should instead be referred to the Community Brain Injury service by clicking here
- People with a known learning disability with secondary memory problems (unless dementia is also suspected) – they should be referred to their local Learning Disabilities team by clicking here
- People with Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease who have a mild level of memory disturbance secondary to their illness, which is not impacting upon their everyday life (this would be classed as cognitive impairment rather than dementia) – they should normally be given written information about how they can help their memory unless there are other concerns about risk (please contact team for copies)
- People who require a package of care (social care) rather than health interventions – please refer the person to Adult care via the NCC website by clicking here.
If you are unsure please feel free to contact the team on: 01933 415511
Ready to make a referral? Use the form belowclick here to make a referral