Dear Conservative Govt.

Our lovely Conservative Government, and Conservative Local Government, has made the rich, in our society, richer while cutting back vital support for the poor and disabled.  Our Prime Minister must have a wooden heart, for Theresa May’s policies are hurting the most vulnerable in society.

My mother, who worked hard her whole life, has a Warden service where she lives, here in Suffolk. Paid for by Local Government. The Warden knocks on her door each morning to make sure she is alive and well and to check she has not fallen. They also do a check on my mum’s home and make sure her emergency alarms are all set correctly, each day, for sometimes my mum, and neighbours, can knock an alarm setting or lose their emergency red buttons for calling for help. My mum has a condition called Frontal Lobe Neuropathy.

My mum has just been advised that her Warden service has been cut. Ended. From next week, no Warden. She lives in a housing scheme for disabled older people who are vulnerable due to disability. Many of them housebound, like my mum, unless taken out in a wheelchair by friends and family.  For many, contact with their Warden is the only social interaction they have.  Without this, they will be isolated and alone.

The Warden who has lost his job told my mum, tearfully, this morning that she and fellow disabled residents of this community of bungalows built for the disabled, will now have to rely on family, friends or to source volunteers to check in on them each day to make sure they have not fallen or become incapacitated in some way.

So, I will now have to resume providing daily care for my mum, myself, whereas I usually visit her on Saturdays and Wednesdays. I have no problem about wanting to support my lovely mum but….I have Parkinson’s Disease, I live 9 miles from my mum and struggle to keep my own daily life going.

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Thank you dear Prime Minister, Theresa May and your Conservative Government; central and local. You are a disgrace.

I think I now have to seriously explore giving up work and taking on Carer status for my mum. As an increasingly disabled person myself, I cannot do both. Ironically, me giving up work will end up costing the Government more money than providing a Warden to my mum! Such short sightedness.

(C) Dean Parsons.  March 2018.

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