Archive for the ‘elderly’ Category

First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. And then we win

8 January 2012

Copy of a post by Kaliya Franklin

Some much needed positive news….

As most of you know Sue Marsh has been co-ordinating a report researched, authored and funded by sick and disabled people which is released formally on monday.

As happens with every government welfare report, mysteriously, somehow, details leaked out to the media yesterday and so the coverage has already started. It turns out that Boris Johnson’s submission to the DLA reform consultation which closed in February 2011 was the smoking gun we needed and the government hoped no-one would ever find. The Mayor’s submission stood out from the other consultation responses, not because it was supportive of our claims (almost all the submissions were) but because it was incredibly thoughtful, well written and researched.

see here for her article in full

PM urged to take action on social care – Carers UK

3 January 2012

Carers UK has joined other charities, care providers, health bodies, employers, and unions to sign an open letter to Prime Minister calling for cross-party action on social care reform

see in full here

Further articles can be found :-

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Medway Council proposes £2.1m adult social care cuts

23 November 2011

Medway Council has laid out its proposals for cutting £2.1m from its adult social care budget.

It anticipates saving £1.1m in care home charges by privatising three residential care homes and closing an adult day care centre

READ IN FULL HERE

Worthing man, 102, in care home crisis

23 November 2011

A 102-YEAR-OLD man could be forced to move out of his care home in just seven months if he is not paid the £50,000 worth of benefit he is owed.

Walter Craven, who pays for his own care at the Victoria Royal Beach care home in Grand Avenue, Worthing, has not been paid the attendance allowance he has been entitled to for 16 years.

Attendance allowance is a benefit paid to those who are over 65 and are disabled enough that they need help to care for themselves.

To add further insult, Walter has also been deducted £55 off his weekly pension payments due to a lack of communication between the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and West Sussex County Council.

READ IN FULL HERE

Health Committee-Scotland ‘Some people are suicidal’

23 November 2011

Keith Robertson from the Scottish Disability Equality Forum told MSPs some people are becoming suicidal even at the thought of some of the reforms in the UK Welfare Reform Bill.

Mr Robertson was giving evidence, along side a panel of representatives from disability and mental health charities and agencies , to the Health Committee on the impact of the Wellfare Reform Bill (UK) .

READ IN FULL HERE AND ALSO WATCH VIDEO

Who will speak for the old and disabled, trapped in their homes?

21 November 2011

 

You lie in your own mess. You are cold. You are hungry and confused. You can’t remember whether you have taken your pills. You feel ashamed. You feel angry. It is still five hours before someone will knock on the door, let herself in, and wash you. You hope for a few minutes’ talk but you know that it won’t happen. She only has a quarter of an hour for your appointment …

This is how it ends for many people now. This is how it may end for you, your parents, your siblings, your loved ones. Social care isn’t sexy. But it is perhaps the greatest avoidable crisisfacing British politicians – certainly bigger than immigration, energy supplies or bad schools.

Who will speak for the old and disabled, trapped in their homes? | Jackie Ashley | Comment is free | The Guardian

What’s your Christmas message to the Government? | The Hardest Hit

18 November 2011

 

The Hardest Hit are planning to send a giant Christmas card to the Government to let them know that we are not asking for gifts, but we do want our basic rights protected and the support to enable us to live independently and with dignity.

You can sign the card and leave your message by following the link below:

Sign the card!

What’s your Christmas message to the Government? | The Hardest Hit

Hospital patients to pay prescription charges for first time in North Staffordshire

17 November 2011

HOSPITAL patients in North Staffordshire are being forced to pay prescription charges for the first time.

The controversial policy has come into force at the Haywood Hospital, Burslem, which sees 40,000 people each year with minor injuries and ailments.

The £7.40 charge for each prescription item has been introduced by the new trust which took over there in September, but when remains unclear.

The charges have taken bosses at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) – where drugs are free after treatment – by surprise and have sparked fears patients will avoid the Haywood and use the UHNS’s hard-pressed accident & emergency department instead.

And as health campaigners call for the charges to be scrapped and patients reimbursed, the trust running the Haywood is to carry out a review of the policy.

read in full here

Down’s Syndrome girl sobs over closure threat –

15 November 2011

 

A YOUNG woman with Down’s Syndrome sobbed at a packed public meeting as her mum pleaded with county council bosses to keep The Chappell Centre open.

Other parents vowed to take the fight to Parliament and County Hall in Lincoln by petitioning for a full council debate.

The Chappell Centre in Spalding’s Pinchbeck Road is one of 30 adult social care day centres facing the axe along with two respite centres, Cedar House – also in Pinchbeck Road – and Swallow Lodge at North Hykeham.

Around 90 people crammed into a room at The Chappell Centre to hear the council is switching service users to personal budgets and cannot afford to “double fund” by paying to run the centres as well.

Down’s Syndrome girl sobs over closure threat – Latest News – Spalding Guardian

National Pensioners Convention – Dignity Code

14 November 2011

NPC  has created a dignity code to uphold the rights and maintain the personal dignity of older people, within the context of ensuring the health, safety and well being of those who are increasingly less able to care for themselves or to properly conduct their affairs. We have asked a number of professional health bodies, regulators and charities if they will sign up to the code, which we will then present to government.rsonal dignity of older people, within the context of ensuring the health, safety and well being of those who are increasingly less able to care for themselves or to properly conduct their affairs. We have asked a number of professional health bodies, regulators and charities if they will sign up to the code, which we will then present to government.

You can read the code here –  NPC Dignity Code


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