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  • A former nurse has joined more than 13,000 individuals across the South West backing Alzheimer’s Society’s marketing campaign calling on the federal government to ‘Cure the Care System’ after being pressured to maintain her companion locked in at house. Una Holder determined so as to add her name to the petition after her mother’s companion was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s illness and was then seemingly abandoned by the social care system. Gordon Day died in March 2021 at the age of eighty one and had lived with Una’s mother, Christine Bowden in Plympton for 34 years. Gordon was given a analysis two years in the past however Una and her mom consider that he could have had the disease for much longer. Una stated: "It was about seven years ago that mum began noticing a change in his behaviour. She seen that he was forgetting things and unable to do things that previously he would have completed really simply. "He was diagnosed two years ago and that’s when it became troublesome. "I signed the petition because our experience of making an attempt to access the social care system was completely terrible. "We acquired no assist from the statutory providers in anyway. Una was a nurse and says even she couldn’t understand how the system labored. "The system shouldn't be clear sufficient in terms of what you do," she said. "We didn’t perceive how any of the services joined up. Gordon was diagnosed by Livewell Southwest however Una said she wasn’t even positive who they were or how they fitted into the system. She said: "They noticed him once and put him on remedy that didn’t agree with him, and we needed to get the GP to stop it. And that was it. "They came to see mum as soon as and on that one go to they spent ages here and told mum they might get her all kinds of different aids including a particular drinking cup to assist Gordon, but they by no means turned up. "They would phone every so often, and we'd say things had deteriorated and they might promise a assessment, but then we wouldn’t hear anything for months. "When Covid began we phoned social services to say mum would possibly need some more help. They did ring her a couple of occasions. "He was falling and pinching mum really onerous. I was anxious certainly one of them was in danger. I phoned social services but didn’t hear something back for ages. "We also tried to get him a 'persevering with care' evaluation however have been told we weren’t entitled to at least one. Una’s mom, Christine has wet macular so her sight was deteriorating as she tried to care for her associate. The 81-12 months-outdated mentioned: "My sight was going and Gordon was too strong for me to care for him. I have a foul leg and can’t stroll far. "I simply didn’t have the power. I'd wake up within the morning pondering, 'How is he going to be at this time? "There was the fixed fear that he would open the door and disappear. I had to maintain the door locked on a regular basis as he would regularly attempt to get out. We found him in carparks and on Dartmoor. We ended up nearly preventing in the street typically because I had to try and stop him. "He was too sturdy for me. I had to name the police once when he went lacking. "He could move when he needed to, he would simply run. In the long run I just needed to lock him within the home to keep him safe, with the doctor’s permission. "At the top I couldn’t get him to drink something and that was an enormous worry. "It would have been easier if the system was more contained and there was one division to go to. Nationally, greater than 135,638 signed the petition addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which was delivered on Thursday (1 July). The petition urges the government to fulfil its promise to ‘fix the disaster in social care as soon as and for all’ made by Mr Johnson when he got here to energy almost two years in the past. The charity says that while dementia is not curable yet, the social care system is, and it needs the federal government to decide to a plan that may deliver high-high quality, accessible social care that is free at the purpose of use, like the NHS. A survey carried out on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society forward of final week's petition hand in exhibits people now regard social care as a high priority for the federal government to address, regardless of who is in energy. The Deltapoll survey revealed 69% of respondents within the South West felt the government should make it a priority to improve entry to community care, in addition to the quality of care supplied in care houses and by house care suppliers. Laura Vicinanza, Alzheimer’s Society’s regional public affairs and campaigns Ooficer, mentioned: "The incontrovertible fact that greater than 135,000 individuals from throughout the UK signed our Cure the Care System petition demonstrates the depth of feeling about the present poor state of social care. "Sadly, many years of chronic underfunding and neglect have led to a care system that is dear, insufficient and deeply unfair - and the pandemic has exposed these failings like by no means before. "Right now, nearly 1,000,000 families affected by dementia in the UK are struggling to take care of their cherished ones with the dignity and support they deserve. "It doesn’t have to be this manner. A reformed system would offer quality care that's free and easy to access, irrespective of the place individuals stay. "NHS care is offered according to need and is free at the point of use. CureTheCareSystem marketing campaign for high quality social care for people affected by dementia. A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: "We can't comment on particular instances but we're conscious of the profound impression dementia can have and, as a Dementia Friendly City, work intently with various organisations to supply data, recommendation and assist. "Together with the native NHS clinical commissioning group, we ship numerous services for folks with dementia, their households and carers and these have continued all through the pandemic. "The Dementia Advisor Service, run by Livewell Southwest, helps folks to maintain their independence and enhance their sense of wellbeing and it provides ongoing help following a diagnosis. "As nicely as finishing up assessments, dementia advisors provide recommendation on how to stay nicely, signpost folks to dementia-pleasant online assets and, during COVID-19, have been offering extra help corresponding to picking up purchasing and medicine. "The Carers Support Service have also been on hand, each on the telephone and on-line. They run a particular Dementia Carers Group, the place members share invaluable help and common data, as effectively help getting on-line for people who do not at present have digital entry. Should you have any issues regarding where by along with how you can make use of, you are able to contact us at our own web site.

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