Monday, 13 May 2013
Britain is no country for old men who need help with dressing and eating
Tucked away in the 'Guardian' last week was a small article which spelt big implications for thousands of old men and women in Britain :
Warning over care of the elderly and disabled after £2.7 billion cut
Now, in the Autumn, the charity, 'Leonard Cheshire Disability' have said that :
* a growing number of the old men and women and the disabled in two thirds of the local authorities in England and Wales are being looked after in ‘flying visits' from carers which last just 15 minutes.
* time is so tight during these home visits that some of the most vulnerable are forced to choose between having a cup of tea or being helped to go to the toilet.
Katie Hall, Chair of the Local Government Association's 'Community Wellbeing Board' said :
“Unless local government finance is put on a sustainable footing, social care will remain substantially underfunded" and it would be impossible to “substantially raise the standard of care” without a significant increase in Government spending.
Old men and women with your fifteen minutes, take heart, help is at hand, you have a champion in the Government 'Care and Support' Minister, Norman Lamb who has said :
You can now rest easy, knowing that a consideration your 'well being' and not the provision of hard cash will make everything come right.
My July post about Norman's costless care plan for the old :
Tuesday, 16 July 2013