This is not a welcome retreat of the state from people’s personal and family life, or some assertion of choice and control. Instead, it means:
- someone losing precious friendships since the day centre closed
- someone having to fall back on already depleted personal and family resources
- someone continuing to live in a house that hasn’t been cleaned for weeks
- someone going without the regular advice they need on keeping warm and well
- someone who doesn’t get the help they need to take a shower or a bath
- someone who’s fear and loneliness is greater now that no one calls by
- someone who loses the advocate and friend who fought for them
- someone whose carers have had to give up work and friends
- someone who is much more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
What does it mean to you?