I was told I was entitled to respite after a carer's assessment but that I would have to arrange it and pay for it myself! Course I could do that anyway. Why should I need an assessment to tell me that? So cost? £10 + per half hour but no guarantee the carer would arrive or arrive on the agreed time. So for three half hour sessions a week (what can you do in half an hour?) I get a monthly bill of £120 and more when there is a bank holiday involved. If there is an emergency like doctor's appointment which has to be arranged at 8.00 am on the day you can't cancel the arrangement as they need minimum of 24 hours notice.
My income, carer's allowance £55 per week and earn £35 a week plus the odd tenner here and there but because I have savings I have to pay the full wack, no discounts on council tax. As my own health is bad I am considering applying for some help for myself but wonder if I would be any better off and probably subject myself to some smart arse assessor asking if I can wipe my own bottom or lift a pint of milk. Well I can as it happens but there is no way I could do a day's work now. The small job I have exhausts me especially with looking after a home, myself and my disabled wife, bouts of collitus, AS, depression,psoriasis.....
perhaps laisez faire until I fall out of my tree.
Will I be that lucky?