Do you care for someone living with Dementia?
If you are concerned about a family member or yourself, who may have changes in memory or reduced abilities with day-to-day activities, you can make an appointment to talk with Sally.
Sally provides advice and support for carers of people living with dementia in the Tablelands region. Sally has many years of experience working with both carers and people living with dementia. You are also welcome to attend our monthly Carers Support Group facilitated by Sally.
For more information or to make an appointment to talk to Sally, please contact the Armidale HealthWISE office on 02 6771 1146.
Sally is available four days per week. No formal referral is required.
Memory Assessment Program
The Memory Assessment Program (MAP) provides early assessment and diagnosis for people with mild to moderate cognitive impairment, and an integrated and multi-disciplinary care model to support patients and carers from diagnosis of dementia through the progression of the disease. The program links GPs and their patients with dementia specialised medical, neuropsychological and dementia support services. Additionally, the comprehensive patient assessment and report provided by the MAP Coordinator supports the Geriatrician and reduces the number of specialist appointments required by the patient.
GPs are able to refer patients to the program by completing the MAP GP Management Tool and the MMSE/Clock Drawing test, and sending these along with:
- Pathology results
- CT Brain Scan
- Medical history
- Medication list as per the check list on the Management Tool
- Referral letter to the Geriatrician
MAP is offered in:
Armidale, Ashford, Emmaville, Guyra, Glen Innes, Inverell, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha, and surrounding areas.
For further information, please contact Memory Assessment Program Coordinator Cate Doyle at our Armidale office on 02 6771 1146.
Armidale Dementia Carer Support Group
As part of Sally’s role, she coordinates the Dementia Carer Support Group, which meets on the fourth Friday of the month in Armidale.
At these meetings, we often have guest speakers to provide education on relevant topics, in consultation with the carers, to ensure current needs are met.
The group provides a safe place for carers to talk about their concerns when looking after a family member living with dementia and to learn from other carer experiences.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions there are no face-to-face meetings. The group meetings will take place via zoom. This meeting can be accessed via, computer, telephone or iPad.
Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, Sally will be available to see people in Armidale and continues to be available to offer phone support to people in the Northern Tablelands region.
If you would like to join this group please phone the Armidale HealthWISE office on 02 6771 1146.
Caring About Dementia
HealthWISE New England North West with the support of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation are pleased to bring you this series of videos, Caring About Dementia, for carers of people living with dementia with some tips and hints that may help you in your very important role as a Carer.
You can watch these videos at a time that suits you, and return to watch them throughout your journey in caring for someone with dementia.