Ministry Memory Clinic Door County
The Ministry Memory Clinic Door County (MMCDC) was established in 2011 with assistance from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute and the support of Ministry Health Care. Its mission is to provide a center of excellence in the early diagnosis and treatment of dementia. It serves as a diagnostic service for patients with memory impairment and a resource of information and care management for families dealing with dementia.
The MMCDC is particularly grateful for grant funding from the Helen Bader Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
WHY GO MINISTRY MEMORY CLINIC DOOR COUNTY?
- Ministry Memory Clinic is a highly accessible, affordable, and efficient means of accessing comprehensive diagnostic services for individuals concerned about memory loss.
- The clinic’s partnership with UW Madison’s Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute provides access to the latest knowledge of dementia treatment options and research opportunities.
- The interdisciplinary team members have extensive training in detecting the causes of memory loss, providing treatment options, and identifying follow up care needs.
If you are worried about memory:
- Anyone can contact the memory clinic for a free evaluation, often conducted in the privacy of the home environment.
- A screening evaluation will be done by the Memory Clinic Outreach Specialist to review memory concerns and determine whether referral to the Clinic is appropriate.
- Screening is free of charge and is usually conducted within a week of request.
- The Outreach Specialist can also provide suggestions to maximize brain health, minimize caregiving exhaustion, and brainstorm means of coping with dementia-related symptoms.
At a Memory Clinic appointment:
- The patient and the caregiver will meet with the interdisciplinary team for a two hour appointment, resulting in diagnosis, treatment plan, and follow up care suggestions.
- An Occupational Therapist administers cognitive testing, pinpointing cognitive and functional deficits that present with specific dementias.
- The Outreach Specialist gathers observations and concerns from the patient’s caregiver. Caregiving needs are discussed and supportive referrals are suggested.
- The Memory Clinic physician administers a dementia- specific medical examination.
- The patient and caregiver will receive diagnosis, treatment plan, and further dementia education from the physician. A written summary will be prepared for the patient and primary care physician.
- Follow up evaluations which maximize wellbeing may be suggested, such as a home safety evaluation, falls evaluation, driving evaluation, speech therapy referral, or physical therapy referral. Community supports will also be suggested.
- The Outreach Specialist will address additional questions or concerns via phone or home visit shortly after the memory clinic visit, and will continue to be available to patient and caregiver as needed, free of charge.
The Ministry Memory Clinic Door County is located within Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. For more information, or to make an appointment:
- Call Christy Wisniewski, Outreach Specialist at (920) 746-3504.
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit ministryhealth.org
Download and fill out our referral sheet (printable)
Alz Assoc of Greater WI
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute
Door County Senior Resource Guide
DCMC Rehab Services
Family Caregiver Alliance
This Caring Home
This clinic is a member of the WAI-affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network. Network clinics differ from other memory clinics in that their staff have received training/observation time and/or guidance from the WAI and the UW Health Memory Assessment Clinic. In addition, clinic network staff attend the WAI’s annual conference and bi-annual clinic networks meetings, which provide up-to-date research and disease management information. Clinics in the network do remain autonomous, but follow a set of guidelines.