Yes, my partner has been known to social services since April 2013 and funding for a full time residential placement with 1-1 at nights was approved. He was accessing the only nursing home on Skye for day care and respite. Due to staff shortages/novacancy they have not been able to accommodate full time placement, and have had to cancel 8 days booked respite end September.
I have now had to advise that the situation is affecting my health, on top of caring in order to access the day care I have been undertaking 360 miles a week transporting to and from home am/pm three days a week, over ten hours travel time and at a cost of £40 a week. I did this to enable him to get to know the home/staff as part of what I hoped would be a gentle induction.
Having reached a crisis due to my health and well being I advised an urgent full time placement needed, now advised no vacancies in The Highlands and alternatives are Dundee or Glasgow. I am awaiting confirmation today as to which one.
Can you refer me to any examples of judicial review relating to any challenges to distant residential placements.
Also funding including 1-1 has been approved, the problem is that there are no local resourcesat all on the Isle of Skye except one nursing home which does not even have an emergency respite bed.
I have raised three FOI enquires with regards ***** ***** unmet resource needs via the 'What do they know' site and questioned commissioning/procurment of local services as required in the Scotland Dementia Strategy.
I have an Honours Degree in Social Policy and this assists me in looking at legislation and good practice guidelines. I have 'flagged' up through FOI requests the lack of local resources to meet the needs of people on the Isle of Skye, in a number of cases these resources stated in national standards are not being provided. This means that key aspects of the Scotland Dementia Strategy such as ensuring meaningful relationships are maintained, person centered plnning etc is not being met.
I will be making formal complaints as I feel very strongly that there are many people in a similair situation with no one to fight their cause. I am looking for tangible evidence where the actions or non actions of these statutory services are infringing the human rights of this very vulnerable group of people.
If these major shortfalls are not raised in the public arena nothing will be done. I have the knowledge to evidence where legislation/good practice documents are not being implemented but I know factual examples of case law that support an arguement is a good ace up the sleeve.