The assessment of people at risk of dementia should be a supportive and informative experience.
When you attend the Memory Assessment Service they will complete some assessments with you to allow them to make a diagnosis of dementia. These questions will seek to understand you as a person and not just your memory or cognitive function. They may ask about different aspects of your life to understand the problems you face and how they affect you. They will also ask to speak with a member of your family to provide more information.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Best Practice Resources
The Royal College of Psychiatrists (2020) have a comprehensive list of standards for memory assessment services in their document titled Memory Services National Accreditation Programme which you can access here
We have highlighted a small number of these standards here which we think are of particular relevance to this recommendation:
- Patients receive a comprehensive, evidence-based assessment which includes their:
- Mental health and medication
- Psychosocial and psychological needs
- Strengths and areas for development
- Suicide risk
- Patients receive a cognitive assessment and mental state examination.
- The assessment includes an interview with someone who knows the patient well, where available.
We have a number of resources on the Dementia United website that support person centred planning under the Dementia Wellbeing plan programme of work. You can access these resources here
The resources available include the following;