Friday, April 27

Not Critical-Enough Care

It seems that Northumberland is currently in the process of cutting all its critical care. Given that it only funds this level of care anyway I'm not sure how huge the savings really will be at the end of the financial year. It also seems likely to me that the knock on effect may have a greater impact than likely savings.
Hers an example. I know a lady who is 80 years old and was born with severe CP. By now she has no one left to look after her as everyone in her family has died, yet until now she has managed to live an independent life of sorts with help. So now Northumberland have decided to cut her package by an hour so that she will no longer get anyone to do her shopping for her. They argue she can get it delivered. Somehow I cant see that shes going to be going online to order from Tesco, but that's the reason behind cutting her care. I cant see how her needs could be critical enough at 70 but not now shes 80. So in the long term whats likely to happen? Despite the fact she wants to stay in her own home, she is already considering going into residential care as obviously she is going to have a huge problem in getting the basics in for the week. If she can no longer feed or clean herself because of this decision then what option does she have? Then as she only lives on her state pension, Northumberland will then end up having to pay for her residential care. So maybe I'm being really stupid but I cant see the logic of this decision at all? I guess if its happening to her, it must be happening to many others as well.
The following sums it up I think.....
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

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