Response to ADASS report

4 June 2015

Commenting on today’s report from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Clare Pelham, Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, said:

‘We always say trust the frontline professionals. Today those professionals tell us that in 2015, 400,000 fewer people received care than in 2010. This defies understanding. We know that more people are living with more complex needs. These people are our parents with dementia, our brothers and sisters living with the consequences of stroke or car accidents.

‘The only choice that the councils at the frontline have to offer are less care or care for fewer people. Sometimes both. Let’s not hide from the reality of what this means. This means disabled soldiers coping all day with one “flying” homecare visit and a thermos. This means people who need help to go to the bathroom, falling and going to hospital sometimes several times a week. And now it might get worse.

‘It is the invisible crisis. And behind closed doors disabled and older people are reduced — like Oliver Twist — to asking for more care. It is time for us to say no more cuts to funding basic care for disabled and older people. It’s not kind, it’s not right and it isn’t even sensible.’

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