Liverpool

Call for faster care for dementia sufferers

Elderly woman being cared for
Image caption Councils in England are concerned about future funding for care services

The daughter of a 75-year-old dementia sufferer is calling for councils to act more quickly in assessing those who need care.

Barbara Hall's mother Shirley was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at the start of October. It has taken more than a month for Liverpool City Council to organise a social worker visit.

"My mum is deteriorating on a daily basis, we need support," Ms Hall said.

The council said it aimed to complete an assessment within 28 days.

A survey by the BBC has found that elderly and disabled people in England could find themselves paying more for receiving care in their own homes in future.

More than half the English councils polled said they were concerned about funding for services.

Ms Hall said: "I hate to think of someone being by themselves and suffering from Alzheimer's disease and not having the necessary care for over a month.

"As soon as mum was diagnosed with the disease she came to live with me because she felt scared - she might be at the early stages but she can't do lot of things any more.

Cares for daughter

"She's not allowed to use the grill for example, because last time she did that and tried to make a bacon sandwich she left it on and the house filled with smoke."

Ms Hall cares for her mother and her 15-month-old daughter Shelby at their home in Speke.

"As quickly as my mother is regressing my daughter is progressing, it's like they are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

"I am in the middle of the two of them, trying to attend to all their needs."

She has given up her career at mobile phone company O2 to make sure she can look after her family.

Image caption Liverpool City Council receives over 200 referrals of this type every month

"I think the council should be able to assess people's needs sooner so we can get a plan in place for my mother.

"When I spoke to a woman at Careline when my mother was first diagnosed, she made it seem like an assessment would happen in a matter of days, not a matter of weeks."

Liverpool City Council said the referral team received more than 200 referrals of this type every month.

"We aim to complete an assessment within 28 days, depending upon the urgency of the case.

"We have been in touch with the family to give them an update on progress and reassure them that we are looking at their needs. A social worker will be visiting them later this week."

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