- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2016
My FI and I are a transatlantic couple, and I’m the American half. I’m wondering if any UK bees can help me understand how to seek specialist care on the NHS. My FI’s grandfather has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and we are wondering how best to get him the specialist care he needs. My FI’s only experience with the NHS has been for her own care, and since she’s young and healthy, she hasn’t actually needed to seek out anything but the most basic care, thank goodness.
Up until recently, he was receiving quarterly treatment at a dedicated memory clinic. Unfortunately, per FI’s grandmother, the clinic became overwhelmed with patients, and closed in late spring. I don’t understand the reasoning behind this; it doesn’t seem logical. Why would the response to a multitude of patients be to deny them all treatment? So, I think there must be somethng we’re missing.
The problem is that FI’s grandfather has really taken a downward turn since he was last seen by a memory care specialist, and not only is it weighing heavily on him, it’s taking an incredible toll on FI’s grandmother (I can hardly describe how strong and caring a lady she actually is, she’s amazing). Can you advise me as to how to go about getting him to see a specialist? He really needs to have his meds reevaluated, and I would love to know the options for therapeutic treatment. How would he go about finding an occupational therapist? We really want to elevate his quality of life and alleviate the burden on FI’s grandmother, who is his only caretaker.
Thank you very much for any help or advice you can give us! It’s very difficult for us at the moment because FI works a lot (and long days), so the one who has free time to figure all of this out is me, and I live four thousand miles away – not to mention that all of this is new to me.