Dementia services

The Dementia Service provides assessment, support and treatment for people in a range of settings who have dementia. The service also links with a number of voluntary and community organisations that provide support and respite in the community for the patient and their carers.

The Trust has five mental health teams for older people which provide assessment support and services for individuals with dementia, irrespective of age.

Dementia Navigator

The Northern Trust has three dementia navigators working across the Trust area. They have two main roles:

  • To support people in preparation for a memory assessment
  • To offer post-diagnostic support for people newly diagnosed with dementia (who do not have/require a ‘named worker’ within a Trust team).

The navigators work alongside the ‘Memory Link Worker’ in their areas, and are all social work trained.

For those with no named worker who receive a new dementia diagnosis the navigator will make contact with the service user, offering a home visit. At this visit they create a person-centred support plan, which takes into consideration what the individual likes and enjoys, any hobbies or interests, what and who is important to them and importantly what they don’t like and is likely to cause upset or frustration.

The navigator will also signpost the service user, their carer and family members, to appropriate services in the voluntary/community sector.

Carers can be offered a carers assessment and relevant education regarding the dementia diagnosis if wanted.

After this post-diagnosis visit, the navigator will review the service user again after three months and then six monthly after that. The service user and their family will have the contact number of the local memory link worker who can be contacted to answer questions, discuss concerns, etc.

Due to the deteriorating nature of this disease, it is important to recognise and react to any changes as quickly as possible. The service user’s carer, family or memory link worker will inform the navigator of any deterioration and the navigator can visit the service user relatively quickly and complete a needs assessment, and if necessary can refer people straight into the Trust’s Community Mental Health Team for Older People.

The aim is for people to feel supported and able to contact the navigator and / or memory link worker if there is a problem rather than wait until they feel unable to cope.

Supported living for people with dementia

The Brook

The Brook is a supported living scheme in Coleraine, for 61 tenants who are classified within the dementia or cognitive impairment category.

The Brook is a joint partnership between Northern Trust, Fold Housing Association and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. They are working towards an integrated model of supported housing with care for people with a diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment.

The Brook complex consists of:

  • 25 x flatlets with en-suite facilities
  • 31 x one bedroom self-contained flats 
  • 5 x two bedroom bungalows

The Brook provides:

  • A range of accommodation built to a very high standard in an attractive surrounding
  • Safe environment
  • Staff on site 24 hours per day
  • Innovative use of technology across the scheme to support people to live as independently as possible

Aims of the Brook:

  • To provide supported living accommodation, to enable people with dementia or cognitive impairment to maintain their independence for as long as possible
  • To provide opportunities for tenants to engage with other people, both in the Brook and in the wider community 
  • To deliver a high standard of care and support to all tenants in their own home.

If you or someone you know is interested in moving into supported living accommodation you can contact your named worker, for example, a social worker, community psychiatric nurse or hospital social worker.

Contact details:

The Brook
Brook Street
BT52 1QG
Tel: 028 7034 4495

Page last updated:27 June 2017