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Carer Needed to take my daughter to medical appointments

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:56 pm
by Joanna_1909
Hi All - I am new to the forum! Nice to meet you all :D

I have a question and wonder if anyone can help. I am a full-time carer for my daughter, she's 9 years old and has cerebral palsy. She is in an electric wheelchair but also has a manual one.

I have three other children and they're all now in full-time school and I was hoping to get back to work (part-time / full-time). The only sticking point is that my daughter has two therapy sessions per week and I can't seem to find an employer that will work around these.

Is there somewhere I can look to employ a child friendly carer to take her for these appointments? Are there any agencies that do this kind of thing? They would need to pick her up from school, take her to therapy and then back to school again. I am based in Liverpool.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers!

Re: Carer Needed to take my daughter to medical appointments

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:08 pm
by Chris From The Gulag
Hi Joanna.

As a first port of call , the local Carers Trust centre :

https://carers.org/partner/liverpool-carers-centre

0151 709 0990 ... Hall Lane , Mount Vernon Green , Liverpool , L7 8TF

If there is a scheme locally , they will surely know of it ... if not providing it themselves.

I will assume that you have investigated Direct Payments / Personal Budgets from your LA ?

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/direct-payments

https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/pers ... re-support

Re: Carer Needed to take my daughter to medical appointments

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:32 pm
by leah_1902
The NHS has a useful guide to what is on offer across all areas of the UK- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-ca ... ort-guide/

Have you researched Direct Payments or not?

There are lots of care companies across the UK. I recommend contacting your local council to ask for a needs assessment, this is the first step of the process. Do not hesitate to ask questions of the carers as well. You need to be able to trust them completely.

This article has more information on needs assessments and how they work

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-ca ... ssessment/

Some examples (this is not a exhaustive list)

Transport to appointments
Accessing the community
Using a toilet
Finding employment
Hair brushing
Cooking
Picking up medicines
Shopping

I hope this is useful! For more information, read this article on paid for support workers https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-ca ... /homecare/

Bear in mind, home help is different.

Re: Carer Needed to take my daughter to medical appointments

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:28 pm
by bowlingbun
Maybe it's time to have your Carers Assessment updated so that this new need for support so that you can work is included?

Re: Carer Needed to take my daughter to medical appointments

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:05 am
by Joanna_1909
Thanks so much everyone, this is really useful info! I will let you know how I get on! Have a nice day!

Cheers!

Joanna.

Re: Carer Needed to take my daughter to medical appointments

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:10 am
by Chris From The Gulag
Your welcome.

Re: Carer Needed to take my daughter to medical appointments

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:12 am
by Joanna_1909
:D

Re: Carer Needed to take my daughter to medical appointments

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:58 pm
by leah_1902
No problem!