Posts Tagged ‘dilnot’

Reablement Occupational Therapist – Reality for us

15 July 2011

guest blog post by Pat Onions  

The long awaited report from Ms Reablement arrived in the post this week, over 2 months after her visit. Poor old social works IT had worked overtime to get it into large print for me. Manage it they did and the postman puffed up the drive with a parcel the size of 5 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Don’t be silly this wasn’t just her report…it was also a carer’s assessment and my sight loss assessment of ‘need.’ Both carried out and written by my own social worker.

Ms Reablement’s report was the whole reason for us not getting any services from social works, when we had a crisis, so I was keen to find out its secrets. Unfortunately for me it had done the rounds within the corridors of social works long before it reached me. That put me at a disadvantage and had I received it earlier I could have discussed its contents with social works.

It had my name on the first page but after that it bore no relevance to me whatsoever.

This was a ‘lady’ who had visited me twice. The first for half an hour in which time she spent most of it talking to David and, as it turned out, observing his movements. She did ask to see his shower, which she commented, was ‘adequate.’  She did manage to comment on his lack of ability to walk. Observant of her. On her second 10-minute visit I asked if she knew our situation? Of course, and if I can be of any further help, get in touch. She left quickly and now I understand why.


A space to discuss the Dilnot report – funding of Care and Support

4 July 2011

Tomorrow sees the publication of the Dilnot Commission’s report into the funding of care and support – a significant policy development for anyone interested in social care for people of all ages.

Discussion on Twitter has used the #dilnot hashtag for people’s thoughts and to share links/information regarding the Commission. ( also #carecrisis and #socialcare)

People on Twitter have built networks and will be interested in the many responses that will be published by individuals/groups/charities etc. For many time will be limited.

Therefore after a discussion among a few people who host highly respected blogs, it was agreed that ArbitraryConstant  (aka Rich Watt) would offer space, so a frank and open discussion could take place by anyone interested in social care issues.

With many thanks to @rich_w, @monstertalk and @jrfemma for their willingness to try this.

So once you have read the Dilnot report, if you want to discuss the details, please join in with the discussion here

End the care crisis: Dilnot must be a ‘turning point’

2 July 2011

End the care crisis: Dilnot must be a ‘turning point’

Care and Support Alliance


In advance of the publication of the Dilnot Commission’s recommendations on care and support funding, 25 members of the Care and Support Alliance – organisations representing older people, those living with disabilities and long-term conditions and their families – have set out the case for reform. In a joint statement they said:

“The publication of the Dilnot Commission’s recommendations must be a turning point in social care. We can no longer ignore the demographic reality of an ageing population and people living longer with illness and disability. Nor can we ignore a growing number of stories of abuse, neglect and unmet need from a chronically underfunded care system, which now faces further cuts. Successive Governments have kicked the question of long-term care into the long grass. This must not happen again, and the public will not forgive delay or half-measures.

The time is past for tinkering with a crumbling system, and urgent, fundamental reform is needed. A central part of that, and our bottom line for reform, must be additional public funding.

The current system is a postcode lottery of often high charges and poor quality services. Years of underfunding, compounded by cuts this year, mean that hundreds of thousands are going without vital support to eat, wash and live their everyday lives. If we want a care and support system raised to the standards we would all expect, then substantial additional funding cannot be avoided. Hard choices need to be made about who pays, but we cannot afford for decisions to be postponed as too costly or too controversial.

Unless you’ve been through the social care system it is difficult to understand how urgently it needs reform. If you need medical treatment, the NHS provides wherever you live. But different councils provide different levels of care services, and the state only pays for the care of people with the lowest levels of income or savings. If you have savings, income or a home worth more than £23,250, the costs of care in your own home or in residential care can be catastrophic.

The current system means that someone with dementia and their family could end up having to pay over £100,000 for the costs of care. Disabled people who want to live independently face a lifetime of huge bills to get basic support. Carers caring round the clock for loved-ones are forced to pay hundreds of pounds to get a few hours rest.

This is not simply a question of a societal duty to a small group of the vulnerable. Every family in this country will be affected by ageing, illness and disability. We all need a care and support system which protects families from catastrophic care costs, ends the postcode lottery in care and delivers fairness, dignity and independence.”

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