"An unhelpful visit from the IRIS team"
About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Mental Health Services for Older People – Inpatient Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Services for Older People – Inpatient Nottingham NG3 6AA
Posted by AmyJayne (as ),
(Sharing this story on behalf of a visitor to the Deaf Society event in Nottingham in May)
My mum is showing signs of dementia, but as a former teacher she is able to mask many of her symptoms by being proficient in some of the diagnostic tests e. g. drawing a clock, using maths.
We had the IRIS team visit, and I hoped they would be able to help us. They asked us what help we wanted, but at this early stage we found it difficult to express exactly what help would be useful to us. It would have been far more useful for the service to provide us with details of what the service could do for us, or examples of what they did for other families.
The other issue was that I didn't feel comfortable talking about my mum and her deteriorating health in her presence. It would have been helpful for me to have some time to talk to the IRIS team alone, so that I could explain the issues from my perspective.
The team left without agreeing any support for my mum. I would really appreciate a second visit where the team could perhaps give us a profile of the support they could offer so that we could consider what would be most helpful.