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Urgent - Your experiences of social care needed

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Brilliant pics Rob.
They are amazing, Rob, what a nice way to start the morning, thank you for sharing them Image .
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This discussion went off-topic in repsonse to the comment by Excalibur mentioning the word 'Cabbages'. That discussion is now in a seperate thread at
http://www.carersuk.org/Forums/viewtopic.php?p=63574

This thread is for continuing the discussion about your experiences of social care.
RESIDENTIAL SOCIAL CARE IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE

When we thought about residential social care for STAN we looked at many care / rest homes and asked all the questions not one came up to our standards,
I was told it would be like a " home from home" yet they said they did not take residents out for breakfast WOT not ever we would take STAN out every morning even for lunch we often would visit the snowy owl or the falcons nest for a meal even the odd trip into McDonalds was enjoyable for STAN he often went shopping with us trips down to London even overseas but sadly the care / rest home would not offer anything like this so on a few visits i made to care / rest homes i had a good look at what was on offer for the residents it went something like this

08-00 wake up call toilet unless they have placed the resident in a nappy .
08-45 dressed by staff with someone elses clothes ( track suit /shell suit bright green or orange)
09-30 pushed in wheel chair ( even if you can walk ) to breakfast room spend the next hour trying to reach your breakfast and the next hour waiting for staff to clean you up
10-00 pushed to lounge to watch day time t.v. .
11-00 tea time - again just out of reach cold tea is ok honest it is .
12-30 lunch but because you ask for the toilet- big row- no toilet during lunch time staff to busy- any way cant feed yourself- so just use the nappy thats what it`s there for to save staff time
13-30 inform staff that you dont need the toilet but a change of nappy would be helpful sorry but youve got to wait as the staff are cleaning up the mess the residents left having their lunch.
14-45 pushed back into lounge to watch day time t.v. lose woman or summit no doubt.
16-15 ask for toilet staff inform you that you have been today so just wait
17-30 evening meal but staff remember you asked for toilet so after that your meal is cold how can they cut the ham so thin .
19-00 pushed back into lounge - time for the soaps but staff want you in bed before the night shift start chemical cosh administered it`s the only medication they remember to give you
for the next 12 hours you wonder what you have done to your family for them to do this to you but you soon cheer up when you remember that at least you did not have to sell the house it gives you some comfort to think that your children need the house more then you after all you have dedicated care workers looking after you no longer are you stuck in your own home being cared for by a family member on £52 per week ,
OH HAPPY DAYS .

In the future the government want the elderly/disabled to pay £20-000 up front for their social care not the accommodation just for the health care element would you pay £20-000 for poor social care, the edlerly disabled will be more demanding in the future we know what we need and piss poor care will not be tolerated if you pay £20-000 up front what would happen if you just dropped down dead within the week do you think you will get a full refund

SOCIAL CARE SHOULD BEGIN AT HOME KEEP THE ELDERLY DISABLED WITHIN THEIR OWN HOMES AS GORDON BROWN OFTEN SAYS= PAY CARERS THE RATE OF PAY THEY DESERVE TO DELAY THE ELDERLY DISABLED PERSONS ENTRY INTO THE RESIDENTIAL SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM .