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Dementia Assessment UHL 


The Department of Health have introduced a new national Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) goal for dementia care. The aim of the dementia goal is to identify patients with dementia so they get the appropriate care and follow up when they leave hospital. 
 

The dementia assessment involves three steps:
 

Step 1


When you are admitted our hospitals the doctor will ask you or your family, friend or carer a specific question relating to your memory.

 

" Has the person been more forgetful in the past 12 months to the extent 
that is has significantly affected their daily life?"

 

Step 2


If the answer to this question is "yes" then the doctor will carry out an assessment
 

  • Mental tests - The doctor will ask a series of questions designed to test thinking and memory
  • Physical examination and tests - The doctor will normally carry out a physical examination and may perform a number of tests, such as blood and urine tests, to identify other conditions that may be causing the symptoms
  • Analysis of background information - The doctor may talk to you or your family, friend or carer, to try and establish some of the symptoms.

 

Step 3  


  • If the assessment shows a possibility of dementia you will be asked to see your GP to discuss this further.
  • The doctor will notify your GP via your discharge letter.
  • The GP may then refer you onto a community liaison team or memory clinic for a formal diagnosis and support.

 


What is dementia?
 

Both are progressive, long-term conditions affecting the same group (older people, although 8% people of people with dementia are under the age of 65 (Alzheimer’s Society 2013). As people in the UK are living longer, this means these conditions will become an increasing problem. By 2021, the number of people with dementia is predicted to rise to over 1 million (Alzheimer’s Society, 2012), and the number of people with diabetes to rise to 5 million by 2025 (Diabetes UK, 2012).