Frequently Asked Questions
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Are the Memory Nurture services available through Health Funds or Medicare/ DVA ?
Yes the Memory Nurture services are covered by many Health Funds e.g.: HBF Premium Essentials and some Medicare , DVA services for eligible GOLD card holders are available. Contact us for more details regarding your individual circumstances. Click here to Contact Us
Do you visit us at home or do I come to you?
We visit you for individual support which can also include rehabilitation services where a person has had a stroke or has Parkinson’s disease. In some areas we will be offering Memory Nurture services in groups within a Club- like atmosphere. We also offer Memory Nurture Services in an Aged Care Facility .
How do I trial the Ashby Memory Method?
We offer an assessment to gauge suitability for the evidence – based programme , to introduce the materials and to discuss your needs. Contact Us
Can the AMM be used in conjunction with your current medical treatment or care plan?
Yes it can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment plans. We can liaise with your local doctor where required. It is helpful to commence the program soon after diagnosis to assist stimulation of cognitive skills and maintain quality of life.
How can we measure improvements using the Ashby Memory Method ?
Memory Nurture Qualified Health Professionals will assess cognitive or thinking skills using the Mini Mental exam [MMSE] which is used by Doctors and Occupational Therapists as well as Registered Nurses to track changes in cognition. Doctors also use the MMSE to monitor cognition in response to medication used to assist those with dementia. The MMSE and other cognitive assessments will be used to gain a better understanding of the most helpful strategies for you or your family member. A specific plan will be made and will be regularly reviewed with you to best ensure your needs are being met.
How long could the AMM be helpful to assist with memory loss?
Participants in the AMM program continue with the program based on individual assessment and review. For most participants you can expect to see positive results whether in cognition and /or quality of life score for approximately one to two years. Individual results can vary from person to person. AMM interventions can continue for as long as you wish or when it is recommended to transition to other types of therapy provided by Memory Nurture or by another provider.
For people who already have had memory problems for several years could the AMM be helpful?
There are a number of factors which will make a difference regarding how an individual will respond to the program. We offer an assessment to gauge the suitability of the AMM for each individual. We offer suggestions for activities and resources in the community.
Are the Memory Nurture services affordable?
There are some Medicare and Health Fund rebates depending on the Health Fund as well as services can be provided for eligible DVA GOLD card holders. At Memory Nurture we recommend the HBF Premium Essentials Plan. We offer a variety of plans dependent on the persons medical condition and needs whether they are for dementia care or for rehabilitation services. Training can also be given re the use of the AMM with family members to full assistance from Memory Nurture Facilitators . Respite care as well as personal care is available in the Perth area, expanding to regional areas in the future. Well -being support for the client and family is offered through our Memory Nurture Facilitators as well as by our well- being support staff who have professional qualifications in Social Work. Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses are available where required . Please contact us to discuss the best option for you.
Is the programme and the time I chose flexible?
Yes, the Memory Nurture service is very flexible whether for dementia care or for rehabilitation services . Where the AMM is used as part of the treatment plan, on -line as well as personal training is provided for family members and /or close friends. We are happy to discuss this further. For the Ashby memory Method it is recommended that at least 8 weeks programme is completed twice a week and after the 8 weeks , participants can choose to continue with the program which is then focused on lifelong activities enjoyed as well as cognitive skill activities.
Are the AMM Facilitators qualified to assess and work with dementia or memory impairment?
All the AMM Facilitators are qualified and experienced to work with people with dementia and have undergone extensive training. Memory Nurture AMM facilitators are qualified and Registered Occupational Therapists and certified Occupational and Physio- therapy Assistants. Carers for respite and personal care are all trained in the use of the Ashby Memory Method , how to use enjoyable activities specific for each person and to provide emotional support. Rest assured all AMM Facilitators and personal carers have current police checks in place.
When is the service reviewed and what is is the review based on?
The assessment will be done by a qualified Memory Nurture Health Professional, the results will be discussed with you and a plan made which will be regularly reviewed with you.
Do you have an AMM facilitator in our suburb?
At present, we have AMM facilitators in most areas of Perth as well as the Rockingham/ Mandurah area and we are expanding into the regional areas of Western Australia. We will do our best to assist you wherever you live and what services you require. Contact us for more information Click here
What is the best way to help our family member with memory impairment and what else can I do?
There are many different ways to assist people with memory impairment, we believe the AMM is a valuable part of cognitive, emotional, physical , social and multi-sensory stimulation. Other techniques such as music therapy including singing have shown benefit with wonderful responses. The value of art therapy can be seen with this U tube videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTax8bT7pYY&sns=tw . Exercise and continuing to do what you enjoy doing, including hobbies, small tasks around the house e.g. watering plants , peeling vegetables or folding washing are helpful. We are ready to share our wealth of experience as well as support families with exercise and activity ideas specific for each person. Our Well- Being support staff can also offer emotional support for you and /or your family.
Is there a contract to sign?
Once you have decided you wish to join the program, you will be given an agreement form taking into account your individual circumstances , which outlines the details of the program and the cost. Payment is by bank transfer, credit card or cheque.
There is no contract where you are committed for a specified period of time.
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