The scales have tipped

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The scales have tipped for the social care sector

I have been writing for a while on the social care sectors precarious balance on the brink and I am seriously concerned and saddened by what I am reading and hearing.

I am sat in the pub ( with a diet coke) at Bristol Temple Meads rail station. I have just attended the Regional finals of the Great Care Awards 2016 and  it was disappointing that some of the judges didn’t even bother to turn up meaning a wait in excess of two hours for some finalists,myself included. When I did get to meet my Judge, it transpired that she was, in fact, a care home owner herself who had attended  the morning with here finalist carers – not even a Judge of her choosing !!!

Conversation in the waiting room, apart from being about us all having to wait so long, soon turned to the despair at the lack of Government funding and how Brexit may affect the future of care as we currently know it. Talk of good carers and care providers leaving in droves due to the pressure and the feeling of failure, unable to provide the care elderly people so desperately need. Rather than try and fail, care agencies would rather close and hand back contracts. An all too familiar tale. One that will inevitably lead to more elderly people lacking care, this may result in them living in squalor and ultimately dying alone and probably remaining undiscovered for a longer period of time. An all too familiar tale, one that will inevitably lead to more elderly people lacking care, living in squalor and ultimately dying alone and probably undiscovered for a longer period of time. I am fearful – really fearful. Britain in the 21st Century failing those who gave us so much, freedom as a nation, industry, business. My question to you is, where will it all end?

An all too familiar tale, one that will inevitably lead to more elderly people lacking care, I am fearful – really fearful. Britain in the 21st Century failing those who gave us so much, freedom as a nation, industry, business. My question to you is, where will it all end?

When I started writing in 2012, little did I realise I would be reporting  a horror story 4 years later. R.I.P the good care sector we have known and all who will sink with her.

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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