Cognitive Dementia Memory Service (CDAMS)
Concerns about memory loss, your ability to think clearly and early symptoms of dementia can come at any age.
Our Cognitive Dementia Memory Service (CDAMS) provides support for people, their families and carers.
We offer expert clinical diagnosis, information on treatments and education. You will also receive direction in planning for the future, information on how to deal with day-to-day issues and links to other service providers and community support agencies.
Our specialist team includes a geriatrician, clinical neuropsychologist, occupational therapist and nursing coordinator.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the CDAMS you need to ensure that:
• diagnosis is the primary reason for referral (rather than testamentary capacity, carer stress, functional issues or abuse)
• cognitive changes have been observed over months or years
• multidisciplinary assessment is required for diagnosis
• specialist diagnosis is required for consideration of medication
• you are medically stable
• you are physically able to undergo assessment
• you consent to undergo assessment.
Referrals can come from any of the LRH inpatient wards. Referrals can also come from other hospitals, community service providers and agencies. You or a family member or carer may self-refer to the service but you will need a GP referral. All CDAMS referrals require a health summary letter from your GP. Screening tests and results (such as blood tests and CT brain scan) are required before your first CDAMS appointment.
There will be an initial home visit before your clinical assessment. This will involve a nurse or occupational therapist who will provide you and your family or carer with information about the service. You will also share information about your condition, progress, background, ability to engage in day-to-day living and the level of care you are receiving.
The clinical assessment will take between 1-2 hours and involves a geriatrician conducting physical and medical tests. You may need to undergo a neuropsychologist assessment which is used when the diagnosis is unclear, very early or unusual. Input may also come from our Allied Health team.
After this, there will be a case conference, also taking between 1-2 hours in which the CDAMS team will formulate a management plan. Referrals to specialist services such as Aged Persons Mental Health Services (APMHS) may be required.
There will then be a discussion with you and your family about the diagnosis and management plan.
If you would like to make a referral or learn more about CDAMS, contact the Latrobe Regional Hospital Specialist Clinic on 5173 8822.
The clinic is located at 158-160 Princes Street, Traralgon (former Traralgon hospital site) and open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. The clinic is closed on public holidays.