The Take Heart project in Stoke-on-Trent is introduced in this NHS Local web page. This project offers support and advice to people who show early signs of developing dementia.
The identification and referral of “at risk” patients by professionals working in a variety of other spheres is a key characteristic of this project. A custom-designed “Alerter Checklist” has been developed to provide a consistent test for identifying patients who could benefit from the Take Heart project’s services. The checklist test may be considered for anyone who shows signs of three dementia indicators.
The dementia indicators are:
- Lack of attention or difficulty focusing.
- Vascular problems.
- Mental health issues such as depression.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Rehabilitation Team has adopted the referral scheme. The team refers people to the Take Heart project through a GP, or reciprocally members of the Take Heart team refer patients who would benefit from the Rehabilitation Team to that team.
The Rehabilitation Team helps to rehabilitate people who are not ill enough to be admitted to hospital, but who are not fully capable of looking after themselves at home.