Urgent - Your experiences of social care needed

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plus I did blot my copy book by threatening to beat the c**p out of the doc, but better me than my sons.
To watch while nobody did anything would drive many in that direction lachesis.
George said]as the Scots have "FREE" residential social care now no wonder they are positive .
Thankfully, we're not using residential care George!
That's not why our services got a positive reaction either.
The service is good and that's all there is to it.
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We actually get free personal care in Scotland, whether in the home, day care, or residential care, not free residential care.
People in residential care still have to pay for the "hotel" element, which is still substantial. But that's fair enough, as they would otherwise be paying to maintain their own home.
What a crazy situation you're in. How has this country come to this? I feel for you, it's an awful way to be treated. Hugs, Fran
What can I say..... no-one should be put in your position just how you have coped... I don't know. I use Agency carers and often wonder how I'll be ... some years down the line..... I moved to live in an Adapted flat from my mums she is 80 and had looked after me all my life unfortunately 'our home'/her own house could not be adapted without great cost to her and we had already paid £2,000 plus to have her front garden replaced with a concrete ramp.

Unfortunately I had to 'crawl' inside the house as there wasn't room for my chair...sorry its a long story..... I was told 'people' are falling over themselves to enable people in my situation to live independently so I moved into my own flat.... I love the flat and my mum is able to visit but it has been and continues to be very difficult using Care Agencies I have tried several in the last 12 months and they are all as bad. I just get used to one and they send someone else they cannot stay 'the full time' pressure of keeping to their schedule and they come to shower me at 6.30p.m I get ready for bed then...I am in my forties.....

Fortunately, I am in a position to raise my own concerns but I feel they say the 'right thing' at the time but nothing changes.
bfn Hillsong
Thankyou all for the kind comments.
My oppionion of these 'care' agencies is not printable. Unfortunatly most councils award the contracs to the lowest bidder, which as far as I can se is asking for trouble. Most councils say they also look at quality of service [lol]. If I had my way I would make everyone on the commities who award these contracts live with the tender mercies of these agnecys for a week. you can bet that most would loose thier contracts very quickly. It will never happen of course, but we can dream lol.
I feel deeply for you Hillsong. Its no way for a grownup to be treated.
For me the worst thing about the situation I was in was how it affected my youngest son. He lived with me while he was at Uni, he was lucky in thet our hometown uin is one of the best in the country for the course he wanted, and living at home ment less student dept. All this with my dad took place during crucial exams for him at uni, and because of the stress he got a 2.1, instead of his expected 1st.
Please dont worry about us though guys, I now share a housing association house with my mum who I care for and as for my son David, just go check out the 'proud mum bit on the 'chat' forum lol Image
Bye the bye, Hillsong do you keep a record of how and when they short change you on time? I think I would and when it added up to a hour plus I would ring the agency and 'very sweetly' ask them for a reund on the money they had been paid for that time. Put the ball in thier court and keep insisting that they reurn any money they have had for care not covered. If nothing else it should make them realize your not a push over for excusses.
If the green paper becomes law the cash available is for the "care" element only and not as ive said before for the "HOTEL ACCOMMODATION" of the "resident " therfore to benefit from the £20-000 one off payment or the installment payments plan or your private insurance you must be in need of social care that is health care== if like many elderly people who enter care / rest homes they are not disabled and in need of health care therefore they would not be able to access funding from the insurance scheme nor would they need to pay the £20-000 or the installments payments that is untill they are in need of social health care ==the average cost for a care / rest home placement in our area is about £600 per week £2-400 per month so if an elderly non disabled person entered and did not req social health care how would they pay for it == they give up their pension minus £20 per week pocket money (thats what my letter says from social services dated 2007) so to be generous thats about £70 per week £280 per month a shortfall of about £300 per month now hear we go if the elderly person wants to access residential care ( not residential SOCIAL care) they will have to find their accommodation payments they could do this from their savings or they may have to sell their OWN HOME to pay for their accommodation now have we just done a complete circle .

in 2007 it was reported that some 40% of residents of care / rest homes did not need SOCIAL HEALTH CARE they were in fact just residents .


IAM CONVINCED THAT OUR BELOVED M.P.S. JUST AINT GOT THE BRAINS NEEDED TO SOLVE THIS RATHER SIMPE PROBLEM WE ONLY NEED A COPLE OF £`S ON TAX AND WE OVER TIME WILL ALL BENEFIT FROM IT .
TO REMOVE D.L.A. A.A. & BY IMPLICATION THE C.A. MANY HOUSEHOLDS WOULD HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO PLACE THE ELDERLY DISABLED INTO CARE / REST HOME IMEDIATELY AS WITHOUT FINANCIAL SUPPORT WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO REMAIN WITHIN OUR OWN HOME BE IT RENTED OR OWNED .
My son has just got back from three weeks respite/holiday with his big sister and nephew in New Zealand. No staff were involved, but it wasn't that hard to recruit an unpaid volunteer/family friend to escort him there and back, and even with two air fares it works out a lot cheaper and more fun than using a children's respite home down the road. Social Services are gradually getting the message... this was paid for through the In Control programme (a sort of very flexible Direct Payments scheme).

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yes, three weeks away from me would be a holiday in anyones book! Image Image Image Image
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(I think you need to put this in the context of grim reports from educational psychologists a mere nine years ago that his IQ was in the bottom 1% and that he couldn't cope with mainstream education, i.e. put him with the cabbages. Luckily we just ignored them, and so did he. He is thriving in mainstream comprehensive and is starting a creative arts course at the local FE college one day a week this autumn).