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Fifteen Minutes of Care: is it Enough?

Everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame, an expression coined by Andy Warhol, who said in 1968 that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” If you were famous, I imagine it might be better enjoyed if it were more than a fleeting moment. And that’s how Leonard Cheshire, the disability charity feels about a flying, fifteen minutes of care. They also say in a recent report challenging the practice that the public support them in calling for the government to end the practice of providing care in these short time slots. Do You Care? Read on

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Caregivers On Line

Apparently, caregivers love the web and knowing what I know about the Internet as well as providing support, that makes sense to me. If you provide care, you’re busy, right? You are more than likely interested in helping the person or people you care for and interested in finding things out on their behalf and for yourself. That level of interest is what makes good care better.  The Internet is a one-stop-shop for information and advice and once you dive in, you wonder how we ever got by without surfing. It is like having a whole library at your finger tips and doubles up as a convenient way to shop, bank, chat and do so many other things without leaving your keyboard. Do You Care? Read on

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Getting Old is Inevitable

Pardon me for getting old, is a quote from a reader’s comment on a page about a predicted crisis in Norfolk.  This is what the article says in describing the pressure on the local authority in providing care for an ageing population:

“Norfolk is facing a “significant challenge” because an ageing population is heaping pressure on social services at a time when the money to tackle the problem is shrinking…”

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 What’s in a Name: Does Diagnosis Matter?

I wonder if you recognise these words, “Tis but thy name that is my enemy?” Probably not. How about this line, “…That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet?”

Of course, now we’re getting warmer! That is Shakespeare’s Juliet speaking about her beloved Romeo. She has been brought up to believe that anyone with the name Montague is bad but she is questioning this and making up her own mind about the man. She concludes that whatever his name, he would still be the same person she loves. Do You Care? Read on

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You Could Write for the Neighbourgood

I have written quite a few short articles now and have been very conscious of the fact that I am discussing things that are not my lived experience. The Neighbourgood is intended as a resource for people with disabilities and other things, that might lead to difficulties in life. Whilst I have experienced a few problems myself, I am not disabled nor am I a carer. I am a social worker which I hope gives me a bit of credibility but I know I write from a particular perspective and that means I might occasionally get it wrong. Where I do, I would appreciate someone to be able offer another perspective or, put me right!

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Bedroom Tax Unfair

The Government is changing the rules concerning housing benefit. It will only pay towards rent for low-income households based on the number of bedrooms it thinks people need. So, if you are a couple with no other people living in your house, and you have spare bedrooms, you are likely to lose some of your benefit. The government states this will save a lot of money. This was reported by the BBC: Do You Care? Read on

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Is this The Neighbourgood Blog?

I don’t really like the word Blog.  That’s one reason I called this section in the Neighbourgood, “News” which in my view, is what many blogs try to do and what I think, is a better fit.  Having said that, I would prefer, “News & Views” but that makes for an awkward menu item in the navigation.  It sounds more like what these posts are looking like but then, that might make it more appropriate to use the word blog! Do You Care? Read on

Cuts in Derby

Hw widely considered are news reports about cuts such as this reported by Guardian Newspaper site about one council cutting 83% from one of its services? Derby Council are justifying this level of cuts because it believes that this will help preserve its commitment to providing other social care services. It also considers that the cuts it intends making in housing support will help it comply with government demands. It strikes me that Derby might be attempting to inflict political damage on the coalition by causing actual damage to disadvantaged people.

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