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Early Memory Diagnosis and Support Service (EMDASS)

The Early Memory Diagnosis and Support Service (EMDASS) offers comprehensive assessment and practical support to Hertfordshire residents who have concerns about their memory and are worried that they may be suffering from Dementia.

The service is made up of Psychiatrists, Nurses, Psychologists and OTs and works in close partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and Hertfordshire County Council’s Adult Care Services to provide psychological and practical support to people diagnosed with dementia.

It is important to understand that although the service is made up of mental health professionals, they have chosen to specialise in the field of dementia care.

The service provides a pre and post diagnostic support pathway for people and their carers who have been identified as having a suspected dementia and as a consequence of assessment within EMDASS receive a new diagnosis of dementia. The aim of the service is enable people with dementia and their carers to live well, through post diagnostic support offered by this service and they are also given an opportunity to plan for their future. This service is offered for a period of 38 weeks when the service user and carers will be transferred onto to a relevant service to support their assessed needs the Alzheimers society is available to offer support throughout the pathway.

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