When social care retreats

Adult social care is serving fewer people: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25415305  and http://www.pssru.ac.uk/archive/pdf/dp2867.pdf

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?

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