• Question: how often do you help people who have memory loss and how do you help them

    Asked by 299menb53 to Psychiatry Ward Team, Neel - Psychiatrist, Home Treatment Team, Early Intervention Team, Ed - Mental Health Nurse, Arts Therapy Team, Annabel - Head of HR on 1 Feb 2019.
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      Sheffield Psychiatry Ward Team answered on 1 Feb 2019:

      There are many different teams that are involved in mental health services who help people who have memory loss, they might see their GP, an older adults community team or a team who works with A&E. There are many different reasons for memory loss, some people might be confused because of a physical health condition and others it could be anxiety. If someone has dementia (which is a word for many different types of illnesses to do with memory), they see specialist services who can give talking therapies, occupational therapy and medication, in Sheffield we have a specialist ward for those who have memory loss.

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      Home Treatment Team answered on 3 Feb 2019:

      Hi, Julie here. It’s not an area we particularly specialise in but there are services such as memory services and neuro services who would specialise.

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      Ed Freshwater answered on 5 Feb 2019:

      Mums quite often forget things when they have a baby – we often call it “baby brain” but it’s a real neurological condition. Memory exercises can really help.

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      Neel Halder answered on 9 Feb 2019:

      During my training I worked with people with dementia and memory loss. Although you cannot cure dementia you can do lots of things to help. Things like creating a memory book which has old photos to help remind them of their lives. Also you can put notes on the doors so they know where the toilets are etc. You can have additional support with people coming into your home to help with meals etc, or there are 24 supported homes which can help too. It depends on how severe the memory loss is and each persons different.