Politicians call for social care solution during ‘question time’ at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Hampshire care home

3 March 2017

Service manager Jon Bailey with Cllr. Mark CooperLocal politicians called for a long-term social care solution, during talks held at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Fryers House care home in Hampshire this week.

Hosted in response to the current social care crisis, the charity’s ‘social care question time’ gave disabled people, their friends, family and carers a chance to discuss their experiences with local councillors.

Councillor Mark Cooper for Romsey, leader of the council Councillor Roy Perry and executive member for social care Councillor Liz Fairhust attended to hear what their constituents had to say about social care.

All were sympathetic to the points raised by Fryers House residents. 

Councillor Cooper said:

‘We need to look as a nation at what we need long term.’

This is something Leonard Cheshire Disability has been campaigning for.

In its latest social care research, the charity found 48% of disabled adults who say they need social care do not receive any support.

Councillor Perry said:

‘The social care debate is waking up!’

Councillor Fairhurst emphasised the importance of care staff, saying:

‘You’re not just a carer.’

Jonathan Bailey, Fryers House service manager said:

‘To have three councillors in the service to discuss social care and to involve the relatives and residents was very powerful. 

‘I believe having spoken to a couple of relatives that attended that they felt their questions were well received and responded to with honesty and also candour. 

‘We at Fryers House have said that we would also like to get involved in future events that would help give people a voice when currently they are not heard.’

As part of discussions, the group raised the need for forums and regular meetings groups for people with physical disabilities and learning disabilities.

Fryers House also took the opportunity to discuss accessibility issues on the road outside their building and showed Councillor Cooper the difficulties reaching shops across the road and the need for a dropped kerb.

Councillor Cooper took photos and has pledged to take the matter back to his colleagues.

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