Primary Care Collaborative Memory Services - PCCMS
Primary Care Collaborative Memory Services
To enhance the management of dementia, Primary Care Collaborative Memory Services mobile teams have been established through the support of the Central East LHIN and in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region and Seniors Care Network. The mobile teams support the Primary Care Collaborative Memory Clinics (PCCMC) in Scarborough and Durham Region
PCCMCs are intermediary, interdisciplinary models of team-based care, rooted in primary care practice. The mobile interprofessional team based out of the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region consists of social workers, occupational therapists, and Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) nurses. These team members work collaboratively with specially trained primary care physicians in their memory clinics to provide early diagnosis, treatment and support for daily challenges associated with memory concerns.
The teams assist with the most challenging aspects of dementia care while efficiently integrating specialist and community resources, such as the Alzheimer Society’s First Link ® program. The goals of the PCCMCs are to support cognitive health and quality of life for adults and seniors living in the community while ensuring the patient’s family physician maintains a central role in their patient’s care.
Who should be referred for a PCCMC assessment?
Adults or older adults, not previously assessed by another memory clinic or service, who are experiencing symptoms of memory loss that may or may not be affecting daily functions may be referred.
Please note: If any person with memory concerns has already been assessed by a Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN) Team, Ontario Shores Memory Clinic, and/or a geriatrician for any related concerns, it is recommended, for continuity of care, they return for follow-up to the service or clinic in which they were originally assessed. A frail senior with multiple health concerns compromising safety and independence, experiencing mental health challenges and/or presenting with atypical forms of dementia may benefit from a GAIN referral. For more information about GAIN, please click here
Referrals for PCCMC are accepted from:
- Primary care providers
- Local GAIN teams
For more information regarding the PCCMC team, please call 905-576-2567
Click here for a copy of our brochure.
Or download the referral form (below) to a Primary Care Collaborative Memory Clinic at one of the following locations:
Oshawa/Courtice - internal referrals from physicians in the Oshawa Clinic Group only