Health and Social Care for The Elderly In Crisis

Care In The Community – Crisis Highlighted in Age UK Report:

I came across an interesting report by Age UK which highlights the crisis in the Health and Social Care provisions for the aging population.

http://ageuk.org.uk/templates/newsarticle.aspx?id=18603&epslanguage=en-GB&twtbtn=True

Having spent the last 6 months providing care for my dad, I have to say, that accessing support services was not easy or clearly signposted in a way that gave me a defined pathway to follow.

In the first instance the only signpost I had for support was the ‘Cardiac Therapy Group’ as identified in one of my earlier posts.  These details were given to my dad on his hospital discharge, and proved to be a great source of support and advice.  Apart from that, I had no details of any other possible options from within the Health and Social Care Community.

Looking back I felt very anxious taking my dad home from hospital, armed with a bag of medication and information leaflets.

Having now experienced the minefield of access to ‘Community Services’ I feel ready to share my experience of gaining access to vital support services.

In my next post I will highlight the benefits of talking to professionals, and how these individuals have been influential in helping me to care for my dad. .

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