Devon County Council is reviewing all its residential and day care provision for older people. These are now out for consultation. Please make your comments to Devon County Council. The details are available ‘on the web’ Devon County Council.
They wish to provide new opportunities for people living in their own homes. It is intended to give them more choice through personal budgets and the people ‘buy’ the care, outings or day care they wish. I believe there is role for relatives, trustworthy friends to help many elderly people, who find all this very confusing but know what they would like. This provision is not new as it is being used by the learning and physically disabled.
Respite care is available for hours or days but seems to be limited for week long respite. I believe it is important to look after carers because if they fall ill then their loved ones will have to be moved into residential care for a longer length of time depending on their carer getting well.