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Finding PAs/carers - has anyone else noticed a change in the pool of carers lately?

April
April Member Posts: 110 Courageous
Hello, Are you having trouble finding carers?
I'm looking for care for my son and daughter.
I used to get a lot of response to adverts before the pandemic, but now candidates seem to be in short supply. And those that answer don't seem to be very interested in the job. Often they don't reply when I follow up on their application.
I'd be very interested to hear if anyone else has noticed a change in the pool of carers lately?
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  • JustPete
    JustPete Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 79 Connected
    @April ITS AN ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!!  I thought people were looking for work.
    I am a Scope Volunteer.   Community Volunteer Adviser with professional knowledge of life - additionally, but not limited to: living with a disability, employing personal assistants, education, sexuality, being gay, managing relationships having a disability, technology and assistive technology, sport & leisure inclusion & participation, mental health issues (both through personal experience and supporting others),   If I can't help, I will endeavour to find somebody who can.

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  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,126 Pioneering
    Unfortunately not this kind of work. It does not pay enough. 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 7,049

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    Hi @April :) I'm sorry to hear that you've been having some trouble finding carers. Do the issues outlined on this homecare.co.uk article resonate with you at all? I think there are probably quite a few factors involved.
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  • April
    April Member Posts: 110 Courageous
    Hi @April :) I'm sorry to hear that you've been having some trouble finding carers. Do the issues outlined on this homecare.co.uk article resonate with you at all? I think there are probably quite a few factors involved.
    Oh yes, that definitely resonates. Thank you for that link. Now I understand what's happening. There must be a lot of people suffering at the moment. Such a shame.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,095 Disability Gamechanger
    There are currently around 1.1 million job vacancies in the UK so people looking for work can pick and chose, it's many years since that was the case.
    It's also pushing up what people are paid, which in turn will push up inflation which in turn will see a rise in interest rates, a vicious circle that we last saw in the 1970's.
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  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,970 Disability Gamechanger
    It's hard finding carers I have PA  carers for my mum and lucky I got them only because I used to be a carer and was easier for me alot of people are struggling to find care company's are closing down social services are cutting back and most carers are over worked and underpaid 
  • April
    April Member Posts: 110 Courageous
    It's hard finding carers I have PA  carers for my mum and lucky I got them only because I used to be a carer and was easier for me alot of people are struggling to find care company's are closing down social services are cutting back and most carers are over worked and underpaid 
    Very true, Lisa. I'm lucky that I have family to call on, but I do worry about people who are on their own. 
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    Richard_Scope Posts: 2,995

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  • cerrighedd
    cerrighedd Member Posts: 1 Listener
    Strangulation by regulation, poor pay, long hours, difficult 'clients', covid still around, cost of keeping a vehicle on the road, awful management...some items from my daughter's list of reasons why she left. 
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,126 Pioneering
    Hi @April On BBC News today 16 year old twins with Spinal Muscular Atrophy  entitled to 50 hours care a week get 15 hours.   Cannot get the PAs/carers. So mum has to fill the gap. 
  • Lithiasma
    Lithiasma Member Posts: 6 Listener
    I've just been referred for a social care assessment because of a decrease in my physical health, so this has really worried me now. In June I had a drain put in my gallbladder to keep me healthy while waiting for gallbladder surgery. I can't bend anymore because of the pain so just got referred by my psychiatrist. :(
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,126 Pioneering
    edited December 2021
    Hi @Lithiasma Welcome to the Community. Is there a reason why you are worried about a Social Care Assessment? It will be carried out in your own home, and will determine your care and support needs and whether you would be eligible for support from the Council. Have you spoken to your GP about the pain your are in? If you have any questions please ask. Take care.
  • Lithiasma
    Lithiasma Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hello Teddybear! I'm worried that it'll be beyond my reach financially because there's not many carers around. It's a completely new situation for me because my disabilities weren't so severe before. Now I have to go to my GPs 3 times a week for stoma changes for my drain, it's just been a really painful awakening really. I will be 41 in January and I'll be looking at a year or more before they can operate. I've not even thought about what carers would have to do to help me, since being detached about it all helps my mental health from flying apart. When I had it put in they didn't explain how much care I'd need. :(
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,649 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2021
    Lithiasma said:
    Hello Teddybear! I'm worried that it'll be beyond my reach financially because there's not many carers around. It's a completely new situation for me because my disabilities weren't so severe before. Now I have to go to my GPs 3 times a week for stoma changes for my drain, it's just been a really painful awakening really. I will be 41 in January and I'll be looking at a year or more before they can operate. I've not even thought about what carers would have to do to help me, since being detached about it all helps my mental health from flying apart. When I had it put in they didn't explain how much care I'd need. :(

    If you're assessed as needing some hours of care/support then your local Authority will do a financial assessment as well. This will determine how much you'll need to contribute towards your care, the rest will be funded by your local Authority, known as a personal budget. More information here. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/money-work-and-benefits/personal-budgets/

  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,126 Pioneering
    Hi @Lithiasma Fingers crossed this goes well for you. Let us know how you get on. Take care.
  • Lithiasma
    Lithiasma Member Posts: 6 Listener
    When I was discharged from the hospital after my drain was put in, they didn't refer me to anything. They just gave me some bandages and a pair of scissors. So I've had to struggle through the NHS system to get the care and dressings I need to stay healthy.
     They started putting stoma's over my drain after they capped it and it started leaking. I had to get them from the drain clinic until they stopped giving me regular appointments. I've had to resort to google and got them to flush my drain once, but it's now blocked again I think. Since my wound is really sore, I've got unknown bruising and my drain has stopped leaking fluid. I'm scared that I'm not going to know who to call if it gets worse. I also live alone and I'm terrified that I'll just die and my son will be the one to find me. I have arthritis in both hands so can't sort the stoma's or drain flushing myself. I feel really lost. :(
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,126 Pioneering
    edited December 2021
    Hi @Lithasma If it gets worse and you are worried dial 999 . Have you had any help from anyone? ie your GP, Stoma/drain nurse, follow up appointment at the hospital. Who do you see for the stoma changes 3 times a week ? Could you go to a walk in centre for some help ? From what you have said you seem to have been abandoned. Good luck. Take care.   
  • Lithiasma
    Lithiasma Member Posts: 6 Listener
    @Teddybear12. I see nursing staff and HCA's. But they keep telling me I should be doing it myself. They are refusing to refer me to the district nurse since I'm forcing myself to the surgery on my mobility scooter. I feel so exhausted from having to fight for help. I did have fortnightly drain clinic appointments until they stopped them because I wouldn't let them cap my drain again. I'm too much of a lefty to bother my MP over it, but I don't know where else to go for help. They are insisting that it's a normal gallbladder infection despite me having 3 ultrasounds, 2 X rays , 2 CT scans and 2 Barium scans showing no stones or sludge. My infection was caused by gas in the walls of my gallbladder, the professor I saw on the ward was so excited since it's difficult to get evidence of Emphysematous Cholecystitis. I think because my wound isn't behaving as normal drain wounds, they'd just sooner ignore me than try and work differently.
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,126 Pioneering
    Hi @Lithiasma Can you not get an appointment or a telephone appointment with your GP ? The fact remains that you are not managing and need some help and reassurance, which you are not getting. Surely if your drain is not working properly this is not doing your health any good and the worry you are having is not helping either. Your GP surgery has a duty of care for you. My thoughts are with you, take care. x   
  • Lithiasma
    Lithiasma Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thank you so much Teddy, I will try and make a GP appointment just to talk about my worries. I should probably not worry so much but I've heard of a few people being given the same drain since gallbladder surgery is considered an elective. I'm just worried that I'm just going to get worse. 

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