I would like some advice please. On 13th April my O/H had a fall and broke his hip. His operation and recovery has been very successful. He is only 62 and physically very fit. However he is still in the main hospital. Although the hospital wanted to discharge him some time ago, they haven't been able to do so because Social Services haven't been able to organise appropriate care for when he comes home. Prior to his fall we received 4 hours 'free' care from SS once a week. No other care was in place or necessary as I was able to leave him for a period of time whilst I went to work part-time. So we didn't have a care package set up. All the other care needs have always been met by myself. However he is in a ward with very elderly people some of whom have advanced dementia. He is getting more and more upset because he can't come home, whilst others in there are being discharged even though they are both physically and mentally less able than him. It is also very difficult and distressing for me to leave him when he is so upset. I think he is getting depressed being in the hospital, and I think it would be better for us both to have him home. The problem is I need someone to provide a sitting service for whilst I am at work. Which can be between 4-6 hours per day. Having spoken to the social worker at the hospital she has said that they won't consider it because it is too expensive. It would be cheaper for them to put him into a residential home, but she acknowledged that this wouldn't be in hugs best interests. I said it would only be the same as someone going in 4 times a day for 1.5 hours a time. I only need it for 1 week, next week, as we are going on holiday the week after and by then I am fairly certain we will ve back to where we started before the fall. The Social worker said that they don't send people in for 1.5 hours a day because' ost if the people are more elderly and they aren't fit enough to get up and go about in between visits!' That seems grossly unfair as it seems to me that we are being penalised or refused access to services because he is physically fit. I need someone I. To ensure that he doesn't get up and try to do something silly. We have 8 concrete steps up to the front of the property and 12 to the rear. He's already walking around the ward and forgetting to take his sticks etc with him. I receive a direct carers payment of £157.20 per month to pay for carers to come in so I can have a break every so if ten. I have offered to put this towards the care we currently need. Am I being unreasonable? What should we be either entitled to, or what could we reasonably expect? Do they not have a duty if care to do whats in jus best interests and to keep him safe? Any advice gratefully received.