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 a community nurse.

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 more low-level care will be provided by your local Community Mental Health Team. If we cannot resolve your problems, care may need to continue on one of our hospital wards.

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.

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 care co-ordinator. Alternatively, you can access the service by contacting your local Community Mental Health Team.

Support is available 7 days a week:

  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole from 07.30 to 19.30
  • Weymouth, Portland, Bridport and Dorchester from 09.00 to 17.00

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

Mental Health and learning disabilities