Practical Stuff

Volunteers Not Required

Volunteers Not Required

Carers are not volunteers.

I came across this in a Carers UK report and I suddenly exclaimed “YES!” the way you do when you read something that absolutely nails it. I underlined it three times I was so delighted with it. I also startled the poor woman who was sitting next to me in the library at the time, who suddenly remembered an urgent appointment elsewhere.

It might seem a curious sentence to some people. After all, couldn’t you choose to bring in paid carers to do the job instead or help the person find in a residential home to live in?

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Housing for All

Housing for All

I’ve just read an interesting article in my Dad’s The Pensioner magazine. The article addresses what I believe is a key element of delivering successful social care.  But it might not be an aspect that immediately springs to mind.

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We're Lucky.... But We Shouldn't Be

We're Lucky.... But We Shouldn't Be

We’re lucky.  Really lucky.  We have a wonderful local carer (take a bow Lorna!) who comes in every weekday morning to get Dad breakfasted, washed, dressed and up and about.  Dad enjoys her company and it’s time out for me.  Winners all round.

Lorna is paid through the Self-Directed Support Scheme (SDS). Under SDS our family is given money by our local Health and Social Care Partnership to employ our own carer.  The carer is chosen by us and works the hours that we want (within our designated budget). 

It’s designed to be flexible, responsive to the individual’s needs and to put the individual and their family in control.  In principle, it’s a sound idea – but there’s one major flaw.

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Money Matters

Money Matters

I really don’t want to count up just how much money it’s cost me to be a full-time carer.  If you add the money I’ve taken out of my cash savings to potential lost earnings in the last four years, you are easily talking around £45,000 - £50,000 and frankly, that’s being conservative.  

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