I care about social care

27 July 2017

by Wendy Tiffin

Home for me is one of Leonard Cheshire’s residential homes in Dorset.

I have been very interested in the campaign on social care. I do not have ‘social hours’ funded by my local authority to cover everyday trips out. So my family are having to pay for someone from an agency to take me out.

I know I am not the only person who has faced problems because of the lack of money for social care. 

For many disabled people, one big problem caused by this lack of funding is rushed 15-minute visits for personal care. No disabled person should have to suffer the indignity of choosing between a hot drink and going to the toilet.

Honoured to take part

That is why I was proud to join with fellow campaigners, residents from other Leonard Cheshire services and others to hand in a petition, signed by over 10,000 people, to the Department of Health.

After meeting up with the other campaigners at Central Hall in Westminster, we all had lunch together before heading for a photo of our group outside parliament. We then made our way to the Department of Health to hand over the petition. 

I felt very honoured to take part in this event especially when I was asked if I would hand in the petition to the department.

The government needs to act

I will be watching closely to see how the government responds and will continue to campaign alongside Leonard Cheshire Disability on behalf of all disabled people to end these 15-minute visits which are a result of the lack of government funding for social care.

All in all, it was a great day but London is so chaotic and everyone seems to be in such a hurry that I was pleased to head back to Dorset. 

Social care should be about helping people like me to live our lives. It shouldn’t be about rushed visits that don’t even allow enough time for the very basics.

The government needs to act.

Wendy is a resident at one of our services in Dorset.

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