I am delighted and proud that all of the outcomes we were measured against were fully met which gave us an outstanding 100% score. This is credit to our Community Outreach Team, our amazing Outreach Support Workers and the help and support of all staff and volunteers here at LD:NorthEast. But let’s not think this is just about the personal budgets we receive when supporting people to feel part of their community. It is also because we are a charity. We work tirelessly to secure funding to ensure all of the people we support can lead a fuller life and never feel lonely and isolated.
Spending time with friends and having fun leads to feeling good, which is what I would define as good well-being and what an assessment should be about. This is what I came into the care profession nearly 40 years ago to achieve for people. Back in the day I spent many years fighting for people to have homes not hospitals and I’ve always felt that being part of your community is a basic human right. Now we find ourselves in an era of social care with devastating cuts where we constantly hear ‘low budget’ or ‘NO budget’. This is not led by people’s needs, this is leading to a crisis in care where we will see people die prematurely due to ill health from feeling lonely and isolated. Surely in 2019 this should not be the way?