Memory and Later Life

The service is for anyone who has new or suspected memory problems, including those with a diagnosis of dementia, and people in later life who have anxiety, depression or psychosis made more complex by physical health needs.

How does the service work?

Memory and Later life services are available throughout Cumbria. They offer assessment and a range of evidence based interventions in a variety of settings including the person’s home, GP surgery, Care Home, clinic or hospital, depending upon the individuals’ circumstances.

The teams work closely with the person and their family, as well as colleagues in other parts of healthcare, Adult Social Care and other community and third sector services.  Staff within the service include Consultant Psychiatrists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Assistant Practitioners and Support Workers.

CHESS

In addition the service also has a specialist Care Home Education & Support Service function (CHESS). This is a dedicated team providing a combination of education and practical support to Care Homes. At the present time the service is only commissioned in some parts of Cumbria, namely Carlisle, Allerdale, Eden and South Lakes.

For a discussion about how CHESS may be able to support your Care Home, please contact the relevant locality teams directly on:

Carlisle                        01228 602100             South Lakes                01539 715 009

Allerdale                      01900 705850             Eden                            01768 245530

Alternatively you can contact the Clinical Service Manager, David Storm, on

01228 602100  or at david.storm@cumbria.nhs.uk

Referral to the service

Your GP, Social worker or other health professional is able to refer to the Memory and Later life Service.  We will arrange to meet with you and assess your needs and establish what appropriate support is available.