We provide intensive, community-based support for people (and their carers) struggling with degenerative brain illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Our Intermediate Care Service for Dementia (ICSD) offers urgent assessment, care and treatment for people with significant complex needs who require regular and intensive support, which cannot be provided by the Community Mental Health Team Older Person’s (CMHT-OP) Care Coordinator alone.

The team will visit you to make a full and comprehensive assessment of your needs and risk, and prepare a care plan tailored to you. We will provide support, for up to six weeks, until your current difficulties are resolved – from which point less intensive care will be provided by your local CMHT-OP. If we cannot resolve your problems in the community, care may need to continue on one of our hospital wards or we may keep working with you for a short period more but this will always be discussed with you first.

Our specialist ICSD team includes consultant old age psychiatrists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and healthcare support workers. We will see you in your own home, or in a residential/care home setting. Our aim is to help people live safely and independently at home, and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital, which we know can be frightening and confusing.

Support is available seven days a week. If you or your loved one has an established diagnosis of dementia, you can be referred to the ICSD by your CMHT-OP Care Coordinator. Alternatively, you can access the service by contacting your local Older Person’s Community Mental Health Team.

Support is available seven days a week:

  • Bournemouth, Wimborne, Ferndown, Swanage, Christchurch and Poole from 07.30 to 19.30
  • Weymouth, Portland, Bridport, Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Blandford and Dorchester from 07.30.00 to 19.30

Where to access the service:


Intermediate Care Service for Dementia East (Poole - Alderney Hospital)

0300 7900213
Ringwood Road,
BH12 4NB

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WiFi: No

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Opening TImes:
365 days a year, 07.30 - 20.00

Intermediate Care Service for Dementia West (Dorchester - Forston Clinic)

01305 361484
Forston Clinic,
Herrison Road,
Charlton Down,

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Seven Days a week from 08.00 to 18.00

Mental Health and learning disabilities