Working every hour, every day, for as long as it lasts, is a way of life. Not a way of life that was chosen. But a way of life that arrived.
Employees working within our family care system, often well beyond retirement, are treated as slaves by the system. Yet ‘the system’ has been given our money willingly enough, over a long lifetime of paid work, so that we can be cushioned against deprivation in old age, or when faced by unexpected ills and disabilities.
When old age, illness or disability arrive, the picture becomes fuzzy round the edges. The fine support and care long spoken of, seems to be lost somehere in the mist, well beyond our eyesight – or reach. With lots of money still being used to cover up appallingly distressing wrongs within ‘the system’ it seems there is not enough money left to allow family carers any respite from their slavery. (Didn’t William Wilberforce usher in legislation to outlaw slavery? Wasn’t that more than a century ago?)
There are fine new laws in place now. Called Care Act and such high terms. They allow and indeed enforce local authority assessments of the old and ill and their family carers. They say nothing about the insult to intelligence which suually goes with such assessments. Even less is explained about the fact that an assessment is ‘a plan to asset-strip’. It is used where possible to check every drawer and cupboard, tipping even the coins from purses, in an attempt to enforce ‘the refusal to care’. That ‘refusal’ is delivered with beaming smiles and comes at our expense.
What are we to do about such ‘help’? Do we smile back? Do we weep and tear our hair in despair? Do we take back the empty tea cup and wave off the local authority – or more likely charity – voluntary – or other – worker, who has entered our once safe home to insult us thus? Do we agree, ‘can’t be helped’ and say no more?
Or do we get up on our feet and fight back?
We paid for a ‘Welfare State’. At the point of need it has been passed along to political mates of various colours, none of which has secured it for our future use. Fraud, theft and looting are normally stated to be ‘against the law’. So which of the many with their hands in the safe, should we blame for these ‘gifts to mates’?
The local authority pays our money to those staff who tell us they will not help? Why, in that case, are they employed?
The very many charities, voluntary agencies and others, also have high wage bills, in order to turn us into ‘beggars on the system’. For goodness sake, they even have volunteers. And surely we can’t blame volunteers for the lack of help? Can we?
Yes. We can! They are as much to blame for the lack of help as politicians are. They fit within a system which denies the necessary help to keep the old and ill in their own familiar homes with their family carers. They are a vital part of the system which has planned and forced, planned and forced, until we are left destitute of help. And when the family carer’s own health fails, because no help was forthcoming, they are also to blame with the rest, for the fact that the old and ill are forcibly evicted from their own lives and into nursing homes, where they can never again be ‘of themselves’.
That is despicable!
It really is time for volunters to think far more carefully about the result of their actions.
PS Would it be a better volunteering, if volunteers made tracks for Council and NHS meetings, to insist that where we have paid for a Welfare State, a Welfare State should exist, functioning well? This is supposed to be a democracy.