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Expensive, unhealthy and dangerous

Ned Ludd Carer / June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 858 views

A comment heard outside here, prompts me to expand a little on some misconceptions about sending people to places like Winterbourne View. Placements like these are often much more expensive than decent community care or local support, it isn't usually…

For Winterbourne View read Munroe House

Ned Ludd Carer / January 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM 386 views

Winterbourne View, the home exposed by Panorama last year, was owned by Castlebeck.  The individuals abusing the residents were found guilty and went to prison.  So that's all right then, isn't it?  Well no it isn't.  Their main defence put…

Cuts and rumours of cuts

Ned Ludd Carer / January 12, 2013 at 10:03 PM 410 views

So what is the future for people with a learning disability.  Despite all the trips and failures on the way, I thought we'd come a long way from the old large institutions from before the days of Care in the…

Making me feel bad about doing good

Ned Ludd Carer / January 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM 400 views

I'm in a bit of a quandry.  As a real person, outside this blog, I've helped a new organization set itself up to directly help people with a learning disability to make their own views known rather than be told…

If you don’t do the care, don’t criticize the carers

Ned Ludd Carer / January 4, 2013 at 4:07 PM 400 views

I'm glad at least someone recognizes that carers are being forced to do more while the government (central and local) withdraws further from its responsibilities to the most disabled and vulnerable.  Thank you Sarah Ditum.  She's absolutely right that there…

Don’t go back to the future

Ned Ludd Carer / December 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM 397 views

Parts of the past were truly horrible places.  Parts of the future could also be pretty nasty if some extreme politicians standing for office in this country get their way.  I had hoped that no one would even think that…

Sitting tight

Ned Ludd Carer / December 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM 419 views

How do you get out of your (moulded/matrix) wheelchair (you normally sit in a hook and loop sling) when you go into hospital?  - to get into a bed, to have an x-ray, to go to the toilet?It's a lot…

Expensive, unhealthy and dangerous

Ned Ludd Carer / November 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM 721 views

A comment heard outside here, prompts me to expand a little on some misconceptions about sending people to places like Winterbourne View.Placements like these are often much more expensive than decent community care or local support, it isn't usually Social…

Winterbourne View, take 2

Ned Ludd Carer / October 29, 2012 at 9:33 AM 391 views

So shunting people from one hospital warehouse where they are abused to another doesn't work. What a surprise - and what a tragedy for those people that the 'powers that be' thought it would.  Panorama's second take on what happened…

Making the case for complex care

Ned Ludd Carer / October 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM 365 views

An interesting piece of research just published about what works for people with complex care needs. It makes what may be the obvious points - that person centered plans work, multidiciplinary teams and intensive interaction are vital, that continuity of…

If it works, break it

Ned Ludd Carer / October 24, 2012 at 6:10 PM 370 views

Today I got angry - and then had to calm down.  I was at a meeting with officials, carers, 'providers' etc. where we were ambushed by the council who want to cut the most valuable services specialist services we have.…

Abuse and neglect

Ned Ludd Carer / October 16, 2012 at 7:06 PM 403 views

Abuse of vulnerable people seems to be the order of the day for news at all levels just now.  Nationally there's the 'Savile stuff', but locally we have Bolton council apologising for the physical abuse of people with learning disabilities…

Boos at the Paralympics

Ned Ludd Carer / September 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM 401 views

It seems George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has at last heard what the disability community think of his cuts to services.  he was booed by the audience at the Paralympics.  Quite why they didn't boo his boss, Cameron, I'm…

I don’t want to live in Worcestershire

Ned Ludd Carer / August 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM 338 views

I'm sure it's a perfectly nice place,  Beautiful landscape, probably very nice people.  But not a good place to be if you're disabled.The County Council there is proposing to limit the amount it will pay on social care for disabled…

Life blood money

Ned Ludd Carer / August 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM 340 views

So here come the Paralympics.  And that's good. But look a bit carefully at who's riding the bandwagon.  One of their major sponsors is ATOS.  Remember the name?  The company that has the DWP multi million pound contract for cutting…

Special Olympics in Paralympic Games

Ned Ludd Carer / August 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM 357 views

Special Olympics operates all the time and is aimed at building the self confidence of people with a learning disability.  For the first time in 12 years, people with a learning disability are being allowed to compete as part of…

Emma Stones

Ned Ludd Carer / August 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM 359 views

Just a short post in memory of Emma Stones who died of septicaemia and "inadequate care" in hospital recently.  Hospital isn't a good place for people with disabilities, particularly for children and the vulnerable.  Unfortunately it's what we've got.  The…

It’s all in the numbers

Ned Ludd Carer / August 7, 2012 at 8:34 AM 417 views

After much cajoling and threatening, we've eventually been told the number of people in our area who have a learning disability and the number who receive a service.  It works out at one in five - the rest are 'not…

Is this a poison apple I see before me?

Ned Ludd Carer / May 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM 348 views

I see in todays 'news' that the government is to push Personalization and reduce statementing of children.  These are not news, but I do find them worrying.Reducing the number of children with a statement may seem innocuous.  But what it…