Dementia - The Quiet Crisis
I am a full time carer for my mother. The fight I've had with the social care system has been a hard slog to say the least. The elderly and people with dementia seem to be a forgotten race, no one really cares. I know for sure these agencies don't listen. The government are talking about doing researches to find early signs, that's good don't get me wrong, but what about people who already have it. They need a lot of help and support. Some of these dementia sufferers voted these politicians and councillors in and now they can't get the time of day from any of them. As for the care givers we are under valued. Yes they may be our mothers, fathers or family members, but does that mean we the carers don't have a life. We still got bills to pay, we still have desires we want to forfill, we have dreams like everyone else. But because of the red tapes we get next to nothing. You can't really work and as for trying to further your education if you do part time study you can get funding for the tuition only, full time students get tuition and maintenance payment but if you do full time studying you can't receive any carers allowance or income support, which means you can't get your eyes tested or have help with dental care to name but a few. Why should we be penalized because we care. When you get home from college or university you don't stop being a carer. We and the sufferers know what dementia truly is. Why do the government never talk to us to get a better understanding and change all these ridiculous rules they have to make life just that much more better if they really want to help, and stop acting for the cameras or making it look like they are concerned or interested. Seriously something needs to change. We need a change for the better. I want to start that change, are you with me?