Adult Social services - How long does it take?

Discussion in 'Middle - later stages of dementia' started by Dayperson, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. Dayperson

    Dayperson Registered User

    Feb 18, 2015
    277
    Female
    Shropshire
    I know this question depends on the area and number of cases they have to deal with but how long should it take between contacting social services and getting them to come for an assessment?

    Dad contacted them 2 weeks ago and we've heard nothing. Is this normal (we are in Shrewsbury).

    I am concerned that mum appears to be getting worse, the bed wetting is almost every day and she is a lot more lethargic.
     
  2. LynneMcV

    LynneMcV Volunteer Moderator

    May 9, 2012
    3,656
    south-east London
    When I first applied it took nine weeks before anyone came back to me. I ended up cancelling it anyway as our financial situation and my working hours were going to be changing within a few months at that point so I thought it best to wait so we could be assessed on our new situation and needs once we were into a new routine.
    I haven't re-applied yet.
     
  3. HillyBilly

    HillyBilly Registered User

    Dec 21, 2015
    1,947
    Ireland
    #3 HillyBilly, Jun 25, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2017
    Keep chasing them up, preferably in writing so that you have a paper trail.
    Good luck.
     
  4. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,748
    Female
    London
    I don't know what "normal" is with them as it varies so much. They might well have targets like "within a month", but if you're not happy waiting, there is only one thing: chase, chase and chase again. The door that squeaks the loudest often gets oiled first.
    Also, you need to know what you want from them. For example, how do you want to combat the lethargy? If it's with a Day Centre or sitters, that's their domain. If you think medication might help, go to the GP.

    If your Mum is incontinent, have the GP refer her to the Continence Service for inco pads, and to a District Nurse to maybe get a wipable mattress. The rest (Kylie sheets, mattress protectors) will be up to you to buy.
     
  5. uselessdaughter

    uselessdaughter Registered User

    Jun 8, 2009
    249
    West Country
    Took nine months of badgering by myself, my brother and Dad's GP. In the end I had to refuse to get off the phone untill they gave me a date. I made a formal complaint but nothing happened because they then 'lost' all the paperwork. Not a time I look back on with much joy.:eek: Keep on to them!
     
  6. LilyJ

    LilyJ Registered User

    Apr 13, 2017
    248
    We were very fortunate in that we only had to wait a couple of weeks!
    But I was ready to pester should it have been necessary.
    It might be best if you can keep up the contact yourself, especially if your Dad is not the pushy kind.
    I hope it's not too long or too stressful.
     
  7. Dayperson

    Dayperson Registered User

    Feb 18, 2015
    277
    Female
    Shropshire

    Thanks for the replies, I'll get dad to keep chasing them.

    I'd never thought about it, but looking at mum it's both. She is sleeping during the day and has little interest in do anything so it would be good for her to have someone or something to do to keep her awake and sleep at night but also there is medical stuff too. Dad has gone back to fetch our medical notes which the doctor in the UK has asked for so I am on my own for the week. Hopefully with the notes, we can sort out her depression and bad knees and water retention.
     
  8. MERENAME

    MERENAME Registered User

    Jun 4, 2013
    236
    scotland
    Over six months, my Dad died before the assessment.
     
  9. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    6,112
    Male
    Bristol
    Been waiting for a Carers Assessment for 3 months after being told it would take about 6 weeks max. They won't even do an assessment for C, as she is in supported accommodation and that means she needs no extra support. If it was not for support from Carers Centre and Dementia Navigators we would be struggling, so some part of the system works.
     
  10. Midow

    Midow Registered User

    Jun 13, 2017
    38
    Wales
    I also waited three months for a Carers Assessment. I was told that if my husband also had an assessment the wait would not be so long!
     
  11. Dayperson

    Dayperson Registered User

    Feb 18, 2015
    277
    Female
    Shropshire
    I had a phone call from social services to say mum is on the waiting list and to phone them if she gets worse.

    I hope it won't be too long, we have had excellent treatment so far from the memory clinic and GP. We are waiting on our old medical notes for more treatment.

    One issue I am still struggling with is the night. Mum is still wetting the bed and I find her in the morning not wearing pants. We keep the lights on all night, keep the en suite door open and I have loads of pants in her bedside draw and bedside table and bathroom. Is there anything I can do to help her remind her to wear pants and save the bed? I hope things improve or they can suggest something when we see the continence people next week.

    Also she sleeps a lot during the day, should I just let her or keep waking her up?
     
  12. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,908
    Female
    Scotland
    I recall Izzy and others posting about PJs which opened up the back. This is a help for people who are incontinent and want to remove their pads etc. Maybe one of them could post again the website for these PJs.
     

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