byon 24-06-2012 at 09:28 PM (407 Views)
There's a tiny glimmer of hope.
Although the situation remains the same, no support is avilable because John has too much money yet is too ill to access it, the nurse in the community mental health team has offered to come and bathe John while Kate and I wash his clothes. This is not part of her job but she realises that allowing John to continue being unwashed, unkempt and smelly is simply not tenable.
This, however, is likely to be a one off.
Kate and I went to see the MP on Saturday. He has promised to investigate the case further and also to send us information about current government policy and strategy. He was quite open about the financial problems faced by the NHS in the light of a longer lived population and that the interpretation of the distinction between NHS care and social care varies from area to area. He said that one suggestion was that people should be encouraged to take out private insurance to set up funds for old age (I didn't like to say that I thought that National Insurance contributions were supposed to fulfil this function.)
I will let people know what information we receive. Incidentally, when I mentioned that I was keeping a blog he was very interested in any comments that I had receive; I am going to send him copies of posts so any comments will be welcomed.
Meanwhile, John's decline continues. He called me in yesterday because his telephone bill had arrived and he couldn't handle paying it. It became clear that he was losing his reading ability and was thrown into a panic by having to write his name.