I have several hypothetical questions that I have set
Now I will set a problem here
When you go to the doctors surgery with your pains and health problems, How would you feel if a nurse or doctor asks you how your mental health was, were you managing etc so that a better holistic approach was undertaken in your name and they can arrange further appointments that may be beneficial
Now a further set you go into a surgery to see the doctor, you had a negative appointment, would you be willing too see a lay person who would act on your behalf to put things right.
A lay person would be installed in the doctors surgery for same.
Now take this further, you are becoming old, you/ your wife etc had a appointment to see the doctor, for a chat regarding health, and wellbeing, to including a mental aptitude test, to find if possibly dementia was appearing of that you are managing in daily life.
This could instigate social care, health problems and mental health all together so each of the departments could all work together to give assistance
Now we take another problem, How would you feel if your mother /father was coming down with dementia, the condition was serious, social services are brought in via the doctors surgery, mental capacity and health capacity were discussed and an occupational therapist was brought in to check at home address to keep the person in home medications were discussed at early stage
Now we progress, your father/mother dies, one is left you need to put the parent in a nursing home, doctor, home nurse social services meet once a year to discuss your parents care, would you want a lay person present to assist and act as friend for you your parent and other caring departments. or could be called anytime if problems arise
Now would you feel that lay persons be available on certain days at above home for dealing as a friend between home doctor and social services for parent.and would be there to make sure nursing home treats well
Now go further, You say have a stroke, would you want not only your mental health but also
medical health checks be undertaken at regular periods, that would be done at doctors surgery, again you could approach a lay person regarding this if problems appear doctors surgery, hospital, social services.
Now extend again a young family ,member takes mentally ill there are lay people in the mental wards to ask as go betweens medicals are performed yearly physically, mentally again there is a problem you are not happy, would you want a layperson to act as friend between different departments
Nothing is decided, nothing has been agreed I have put these different ideas down on my own bat and am trying to understand how people think. this may happen, it may not, it may be ten years time only god can tell and he will not quit All this is my own thoughts
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