Now disabled people face a kind of internment. Just ask Edith | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian


In 24 hours’ time, Edith will no longer be able to get out of bed. The 30-year-old has multiple sclerosis, and relies on council-funded care assistants to help her live in her two-bed adapted flat in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

For 18 months, she has managed with only a couple of visits a day: one at 7am, to enable her to get up for work as a chartered accountant, and another at 8.30pm to help her get out of her wheelchair and back into bed. After years of saving hard for her first home and moving out of her parents’, it was meant to be the start of Edith’s life. But in February her care agency struck a blow: owing to staff shortages in her area, they would be ceasing their contract, and giving social services 90 days’ notice. Three months later, with barely a day until her carers leave, the council hasn’t found her a replacement.

Edith is terrified. “Carers helping me out of bed every morning are the fundamental life support which everything else in my life depends on,” she says. “And now it feels like the rug is being pulled out from beneath me.”

 

Source: Now disabled people face a kind of internment. Just ask Edith | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian

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One thought on “Now disabled people face a kind of internment. Just ask Edith | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian

  1. This is not only in Hertfordshire, but all over the UK, social care needs to be sufficiently funded without any further delay, This area of care is has essential as health care and the Government needs to urgently recognise this and fund all these areas sufficiently, not only to stand still, but to cater for the ever increasing need within these sectors.

    People are living longer, more people with complex needs are surviving, staff in these areas are not earning a Living Wage and there are insufficient numbers of staff to fully cater for the need for care.

    This is not only happening now, but has been for many years previously and with the Government not funding this they are showing there lack in Duty of Care.

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