Next Steps helps you to find the right support, at the right time, while waiting for your memory assessment appointment.

Here you can find information about what to expect at your memory assessment and organisations who can help, including steps you can take right now.

We understand that being referred for a memory assessment can be an uncertain time. With wait times being longer due to Covid-19, people told us that they needed advice and guidance from the point of referral about what to expect, and where they can turn to for more help if needed.

Next Steps is your guide to help you through every step of the process.

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Step 1: What to expect from the memory assessment process

Here you can read about virtual appointments, what will happen on the day, the medical team you might meet and the assessments they might do. This section will help you to feel prepared for your appointment and reduce the fear of the unknown.

Step 2: Take care of your well-being

There are things you can do to help support your well-being while waiting for your appointment. This section discusses the range of emotions you might be experiencing during this time, and provides advice and coping strategies for how to continue to look after your physical and mental health.

Step 3 : Explore Available Support

Sometimes you need a helping hand, and this is the place to come to find out what support is available and how to access it. Whatever it is, you don’t have to face this alone. This section includes information about staying connected in your community, who to contact if you need practical support, and when to go back to your GP or contact the memory service.

Step 4: What if I am diagnosed with a form of dementia?

Dementia isn’t the only possible outcome of a memory assessment appointment. However, if you are diagnosed with a form of dementia, there are things you can do to help adjust to the news, and organisations that can help you decide on your next steps.

Download our printable guide

This guide contains information and advice on staying well while waiting for a memory assessment, as well as a range of exercises you can complete to help you decide on what’s right for you.