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December 2, 2008

Elder Care: One Carer's Experience With Social Services (Leeds, UK)

Reality that's so different from Leeds care charter
01 December 2008
By Anne Westbrooke

HOW I agree with Malcolm Naylor ('Charter for Care just a PR exercise', YEP, November 20) regarding the amusing work of fiction known as the Leeds Carers Charter.

How must other carers be laughing hysterically in a corner once they have read it.I have been a carer for my elderly father for the last two-and-a-half years and what carers such as myself are told by the Charter we should expect are, among other things, to be recognised and valued, treated with dignity and respect and included in any decisions on the planning and delivery of any care and treatment.

What in reality a carer in Leeds can expect is to be treated with high-handed arrogance by Social Services and the wishes and needs of yourself, and of the person you care for – in both a physical and emotional way – are ignored or treated as irrelevant and of no consequence.

During the time I have cared for my father in our joint home my requests for help have either been ignored or fobbed off, culminating in my having to give up work last year to become a full-time carer, again with no help or input from Social Services, despite further requests.

Abridged (Please go to Source, for full-text)
SOURCE: Yorkshire Evening Post
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