There are concerns for older carers looking after their children with learning difficulties
Following a period of stakeholder consultation, Healthwatch West Berks (HWWB) is launching its report entitled 'The Final Transition - When Parents and Carers Can No Longer Care'
The report highlights the fact that West Berkshire Council, in common with other councils nationwide, are sitting on a ticking time bomb of housing and care. It has failed to provide adequate provision and housing for those vulnerable individuals with LD, living in the community with increasingly elderly parents and carers.
However, the parents and carers often are totally left in dark about what will happen to their loved ones once they can no longer care or are no longer here!
Although an area of land, adjacent to Phoenix Centre in Newbury, was set aside for this very eventuality, preparations and building have never been actioned. As such, Healthwatch West Berks, along with parents carers and individuals who this issue will effect, are launching the report to highlight the broken promises and initiatives offered as potential solutions, which have to date not been delivered. Thus HWWB is highlighting the potential crisis reaching a critical point - both locally and nationally.
We spoke to Andrew Sharp from Healthwatch Berkshire:
West Berkshire released this statement, this afternoon:
“We work closely with Healthwatch West Berkshire and are grateful to them for producing this report. We value feedback from our current and future service users and, as with this report, will use it to help us deliver the support on offer in the coming years. Carers are some of the unsung heroes in our communities and we appreciate the contribution they make towards the lives of those people they care for. We know that there will be times when we need to step in and provide support and we work hard to make sure this is in place. Our priority is always with those whose need is immediate because they have nowhere else to go. However, we are actively looking to develop the support we are able to offer for all our vulnerable residents and recent increases in social care funding will help us to achieve this.”