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The letters published yesterday, 18th December, highlight a number of issues around adult social care, but did not include this one.

Our infirm parents do not rely on the state, but remain in their own home and finance their own direct care. They are of course very dependent on the NHS, a wide variety of domestic support services, their neighbours and their family.

The burden of bureaucracy and practical support involved in management of their health and affairs is a significant drain on family resources. During this year while I have been dealing with their needs I have been formally unemployed and practically underemployed, which deprives the nation of both my skills and the tax I should be paying. I am also misemployed, spending much of my time utterly unproductively filling in gaps in health, social care, domestic and financial systems to ensure our parents' needs are met and their dignity maintained.

More personally, while I am free to choose to do this and grateful to have the resources available, I am drawing on my own lifetime savings to fund this infuriating situation. This of course is compromising my own future and making it more likely that I will eventually suffer the fate my parents are currently spared.

We all live with the consequences of our past decisions. It would be good to be able to live well with them throughout our lives, rather than with this inefficient, ineffective and inhumane muddle of obsolete systems.


The letter column is here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/18/poor-not-pick-up-tab-social-care

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history_monk
21st Dec, 2016 18:35 (UTC)
Good letter.
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