Posted: 01/08/2014 at 19:18
Best of luck, Verdun.
We had a lot of help from the Alzheimers society.
If she has been diagnosed as Alzheimers, she is entitled to full council tax rebate.
Also if the council try to charge for helpers, you need NHS (free) care.
Mother in Law had a team of round the clock carers paid for by the NHS because she hallucinated and was not safe on her own. This is not a social issue (which is chargeable) but a mental health issue, therefore is free on the NHS.
Someone asked me if I felt guilty about how much it cost the NHS. No, I figure that as she and her husband had paid taxes all their working lives, she was entitled to the care. It seems to be OK for drug addicts to have hot and cold running social workers, when most have never worked a day in their lives, because its "a mental health issue" Personally I think that sticking a needle in your arm with a recreational drug is a lifestyle issue, and more attention and care should be paid to the elderly.