“It was the night before the Budget, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”.
I waited like a child with hope and expectation for the social care sector to receive a little gift.
However, no computer mouse had clicked on the social care funding checkbox to allocate desperately needed funds. Yet another year will come to pass seeing more care homes go to the wall as local councils struggle to maintain funding levels. More domiciliary agencies will struggle to recruit and maintain good carers, when you have skilled nurses leaving the wards to work in John Lewis we know we have a crisis in care.
The Government is shortsighted in as much as they are pumping more funds into the NHS which is a good thing, if they maintained or improves services for the elderly in local communities they wouldn’t either end up in hospital in the first place or end up staying for a shorter duration.
I am getting fed up with ranting and raving and writing about the bleeding obvious. I am shocked and disgusted that as a civilized, developed nation we place so little value on our elders. Those forefathers and mothers who led us into the digital industry only to find themselves being potentially cared for by the result of this advancing technology – Robots!
I will continue to do what I can to support elderly people, people with dementia and those caring for them in any way I can and I do firmly believe the future care of our elderly is in our hands and not those of Government- who at this point of time have clearly washed theirs of the responsibility.