For many years disabled people, like myself, who have needed care and support have employed personal assistants (PA), using monies from the government, instead of using care agencies. While disabled people once had to fight hard to employ a PA, in recent years the government has recognised the benefits they bring as they have encouraged … Continue reading What is a Personal Assistant?
I believe there is a big difference between needs and entitlements in terms of both welfare benefits and social care. I see entitlement has someone people get between of specific labels given to them from various tick box assessments. The entitlements are often fixed amounts opt benefits or services which go somewhere to compensate people … Continue reading Needs vs entitlements
A few weeks ago I attended a major disability conference where the Chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability was talking about her concerns about 15 minute care calls asking the audience if they all agreed that it was wrong to have these 'limiting' calls. While it was asked as a reciprocal question, I could not … Continue reading The 15 minute support call
Resource Allocation System or RAS is something devised by a social worker called Simon Duffy who managed with very little evidence to convinced an Labour government over 7 years ago to implement it nationally as personal budgets. It is a way of assessing what people need by providing them with a cash entitlement first which … Continue reading I always knew RAS was wrong
As a social care service user, I have had the concept of need used by others to try to control my life for 20 years, and I have realised is it something that is meaningless on its own. It is easy to come up with a whole range of reasons why someone needs or does … Continue reading Need makes no sense
I feel that many people are using the social model of disability to either support to condemn the welfare reforms based on this understanding of the model. I feel many people see the barriers disabled people face in terms of a political group and all disabled people can be seen as equality oppressed regardless of … Continue reading My understand of the social model
I do not know if it is just me but it seems very quiet on the disability front. We are still getting the endless 'victimhood' articles in the liberal media portraying disabled people are unemployable objects of pity for the benefit of middle class charities but it is just now boring and I believe other … Continue reading All quiet on the disability front?
I believe the labour party may have it correct when they are considering merging health and social care together especially now social care have moved beyond warehousing people either in care homes or indeed their own homes. Enablement and empowerment should be key components to secondary care solutions after acute medical solutions. It is indeed … Continue reading Health and social care together
Those who are attacking the government for closing the Independent Living Fund are using the idea of residential care as a metaphor for something worth than death as they portray a level of institutionalisation from the 1970s, but it is fair to portray residential care in this way. While it is not my personal choice … Continue reading Residential care in 2013
I am aware I have some quite radical ideas about social care that would change the way a lot of person receive support, potentially reducing the amount their receive while still dramatically improving the quality of their life, and I accept that would include myself. Unlike many people who talk up ideas until its affects … Continue reading How would my ideas on social care work for me?