"The Last 6 months and More"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Mental Health Services for Older People – Inpatient

(as the patient),

I have been attending a Day-Care Centre in the south-west of Nottinghamshire for about six months. My fellow patients(?) are of mixed ability, ranging from some dementia to very little.

It was with some misgivings that I joined in with the groups. However, once I settled, about 2-3 weeks, I felt more settled and much less nervous of my ability. I became quite adept at the tasks set, and more recently have been of assistance to the carers in the organising of particular tasks,eg bingo calling, quizzes and the like.

My particular "grouse", if it may be called that, is the questions of the quizzes have started to be repetitive, and although not recognised by most participants, I find that I am "switching off" rather than joining in.

Could I make a plea for more questions, or more "brain material".

I also find that the activities are not really planned, I suspect because there can be over twenty people of differing abilities requiring attention. Staffing? Planning? Timings?

I realise that even a Masters Degree is as nothing when one starts to forget chemical formulae that have been inbred for many, many years. So I can accept that quizzes and the like have to be aimed down the middle. I accept that the carers are doing their best with the tools at their disposal, but I feel that with a little extra planning it could be so much better.

The carers deserve every credit and I admire their patience in very trying circumstances.

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Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Thank you for taking the time to post your story.

It was good to hear your opinions about the service you are receiving and we are pleased that you have been able to assist the carers as your confidence has increased.

You plea for more variety in the quizzes and better planning is a reasonable request and we would like to find out more so that we can assist you.

I will pass on your posting to mental heath services for older people but in the meantime if you would like to call me:

Jane Danforth on 0115 9934567 I will make sure we can get your request to the right people.

Thank you also for your kind words about the carers and their patience. I am sure they will appreciate it.

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