In the UK and even the World there are many crisis, some Global as is Climate Change and some local of which there are many varieties and variations, some major and some not so major. While all crisis need to be dealt with urgently some are more urgent than others. This urgency could or most likely is being directed by local factors.
I am not a knowledgeable expert is all of these, but have detailed knowledge of some, so may be an expert in these, but there may be other qualified experts.
I am a Family carer, mainly for my adult daughter, who has severe Learning disabilities, multiple physical disabilities and Autism, but there are other many conditions. She lives at home with myself and my wife, my self approaching 70 years and my wife nearer to 80 years and neither of us can be said to be in good health, far from it, but we are extremely lucky to have 24/7 care for our daughter. So a ‘Crisis in Care’ is an extreme worry for myself and my family.
Many of you would query why am I not happy, for there will be many in much worse situations, but everyone has a right to live and live a reasonable life. For this to occur we need a sustainable, good quality and effective Care Profession, or as some say the Care Industry.
I favour the word ‘profession’ other than ‘industry’, for to be what is required, a ‘Carer’, you need to undertake many responsibilities as well as care, for there is safeguarding, be respectful, understanding, a good listener, work within a dignified manner, accept informed choice of the person for whom you are caring and members of their family, especially if there could be ‘lack of Capacity‘ in some situations.
However, in the UK, the country has come to a virtual standstill, due to Brexit, so they say. But is that true? For we only have politicians word for that and can you really trust any politician, no matter what colour of their Party. A generalisation, but mainly true, if the Press can be believed. but then again that is another story.
The UK has or should have a Welfare system, but it is currently in a state of crisis due to major under funding. For some years, going on some 8 years we have been subjected to Austerity cuts, well the various service organisations have been, be they private, public or the voluntary/charity sector.
It was said, by the one David Cameron, when he was the UK Prime Minister, some years ago, that we are ‘all in it together’, but, of course, that is not correct. Did he believe it at the time, we will never know, but could have a good idea.
For austerity is hitting the most vulnerable within the UK Society, those that can, not least afford it, on a monetary basis, but also not on a living basis. The likes of Cameron and his cronies in Industry and many, if not all the political parties and many other areas, can and do have the means to mitigate these cuts to their own lives, as they have the finance to do so.
In effect the majority of other persons within the UK cannot, especially those who are more likely to be vulnerable, the long-term sick, the persons with disabilities, people on low pay, etc.do not.
Where people are either on, long-term sick, a person with disabilities, person on low pay, etc or more likely even a mixture of two or more this will be even more so. But are the authorities putting in measures to remedy this, well they are putting in measure, but they are not remedying these situations, for where you come to the new Welfare Benefits these are, in many instances making it even worse, when one would not expect that it could get worse.
- Why do these people in Authority not produce the right measure?
- Well, for one do they really care?
- Are they in a position to know what is occurring outside their own circles in Society?
- Do they have a clue what to do?
Well many persons will generally go for 2. and possibly 4., but is it really 3. or a mixture.
I, for one do not know but do they?
But you say many of these persons are MPs so should they not know from their constituency members of their party or more so from their actual constituents.
Whatever it is it needs to be brought out into the open for open discussion, but then we come down to trust, for do we really trust any people in a position of power and authority?
Many questions, some leading to other questions, but are there any answers and if there are, are they the right answers? Well, another question requiring an answer. For myself, are we not going round in circles and never producing answers and if we do , do we believe the answers?
Would anyone wish to provide some answers?
Over to you.
The title of this article is ‘Care is in Crisis‘, which I and many others also believe. It has been in crisis for many years and nothing has been done to change this. therefore the crisis has continued to grow and grow and the austerity cuts from Central Government have been one issue making this crisis worse.
Earlier in this article I touched on this crisis and especially it reference to the Care Profession. This profession is extremely short of qualified care staff and pay is one of the main factors. With this in mind I have, with my colleagues in FLASh (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield) created a Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage and information on this can be accessed here.
Please consider supporting this petition by signing it and then, where possible sharing it as far and wide as you can the petition link is https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236151