My 90 year old mother receives care in the form of cleaning. Other than that she does everything else herself. That’s cooking, bathing and dressing herself, laundry, even changing the beds.
However, the government has squeezed local authorities so much that they are taking the little they give the people at the bottom. I received a call from a local authority finance worker who I have dealt with before. She is like the grim reaper! You can guarantee that she will take away whatever little one might already be receiving in care. The disgusting thing about governments from time immemorial is that all those of pensionable age can claim a free bus pass. Rich and poor can receive child benefit for children under the age of 16 and the elderly over a certain age can receive a winter fuel payment. None of this is means tested, meaning that a rich pensioner can claim all of these things. Many do and add it to their investment pots for their children and grandchildren. By the time these grandchildren go to university their fees are paid for by these benefits! In the meantime the government and local authorities are making cuts from the bottom, taking from people who have little and need more.
Today while I worked from home, a cleaner turned up unannounced from a new care company. No notice was given informing us that my mother’s previous company was no longer providing care. Is social services so overwhelmed that they cannot alert the cared for person? My reason for asking is that without being alerted my mother could be letting anyone in. As we approach the end of the financial year, the local authority is looking to prepare its books for the start of the new financial year in April. While I always welcome in a new year, I am starting to do so with a sense of dread as the first three months of it are hell. I pay a tax bill in January and in March I am bombarded with local authority paperwork which includes increases in payments for services which others are managing to wangle for free. The key seems to be that if you have medical/health needs, it is important to declare them and request as much help as possible. If you don’t and seem able to manage, the local authority refuses to provide basic care. In short, things have to be at either extreme of the spectrum – nothing at all is required or all is required. If you need some help you are unlikely to get any help.