"I no longer feel isolated"

About: St Vincent's Memory Services / Cognitive Impairment & Dementia

(as a carer),

My mother-in-law is suffering from this debilitating disease. I have been struggling for months to get the right care for her but keep getting hampered by too many units doing various bits of the care my mother-in-law needs.

I was also struggling to get a Mental Capacity Assessment for her as I believe she is no longer capable of making the best decisions regarding her health and safety. Mr Foley took the time not only to explain how all the systems work, but also, to show me how the questions need to be put to my mother in law so that she can give a clearer answer as to her reasoning capabilities. He then wrote a letter which, has made the other services fully aware of her needs and limitations.

Thanks to his letter Social Services are now willing to start the process of getting my mother in law assessed. Without Dr Foley's help, professionalism and care, I would still be feeling isolated and failing my mother in law to get her the care she desperately needs.

I cannot thank Dr Foley and his team enough. They are a vital service helping vulnerable people, both patients AND carers, get the right help for complex and difficult issues.

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Response from Paul Byron, Team leader Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Services, Hammersmith and Fulham, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Dear P's carer

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences within St. Vincent's Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Services.

It is reassuring to hear you have had such a positive experience and rewarding to hear the contribution our involvement has made to improving the circumstances you and your mother in law were experiencing.

This service also offers carer support on the afternoon of the last Wednesday of the month if you are interested or would like additional information please call the team and ask to speak with the Admiral Nurse

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