The government’s future Adult Social Care is only residential, in whatever guise, supported/ independent/ community living or care home.
Long term or indeed any support in the family home, is made impossible on the excuse of Local Authority budget cuts used to disingenuously enforce government policy.
Servicing all the disabled in unaccountable, secret provision, behind the walls of the state has huge advantages.
Adult services workers need not be qualified social workers, after the enforcement of a placement and ‘Care Managers’ can tickbox/oversee residential placements.
The care model is simple; assessment, court enforcement and then private residential care with scant oversight by its commissioner for life..
A similar model is adopted in Children’s Services, through adoption, fostering, and care homes.
It also, transfers billions of public money into private business coffers, boosts the economy, but increases the deficit.
The lie of cost cutting is obvious as an average placement costs £3500 per week, by contrast no support to family carers is nothing.
And even some respite and £7.50 hourly care would not amount to such a sum.
Venture capital investors, who increasing own residential ‘care packages’ gain a secure, source of increasing government income.
And a lucrative actual and future package commodities they can trade and make more ever efficient.
The vulnerable, are now commodities in our main growth industry- public welfare.
And our government is determined to promote it.
But, civil liberties and human rights can get in the way.
As evidence, of ‘vulnerability’ , and risk need to be obtained.
So the vulnerable are relentlessly sought, by use of awareness campaigns- alzheimers, autism and mental health, and, concern.
And, the definitions of Vulnerability, Neglect, and Safeguarding, are ever widened .
As many as possible must be harvested.
Assessments of them, their home , and care, must be carried out, to provide the evidence needed, to process these potential commodities through the courts.
If they cannot be removed to state care by MHA section, or emergency protection order; these assessments must take place in their family home.
And, neither the vulnerable, nor, their family, must be made aware of the real purpose of the assessments, removal to state care.
Parliament, refuses to grant the state, statutory access to a citizen’s home.
So our government, is providing LAs, with £433 million, to implement the Carers Act.
This money, is to be used mainly on ‘assessment functions’ .
‘The decisions to be taken in safeguarding cases will have to be derived from assessment functions, not free-standing duties, that actually provide any alternative means to investigate or manage risk’.
But the state does not have any right, to enter a person’s home to assess it, or them, in the absence of strong evidence of abuse/neglect,.
And under the Carers Act, carers assessments cannot be forced on a carer.
So, Local Authorities must use their ‘assessment function’, to gain access to private homes.
The Care Act, puts LAs, under a duty to provide Carers Assessments, but does not put them under any duty to provide support..
And, in practice, rarely, if ever, is any support given to a carer, after an assessment.
But LAs, have only managed to assess 50% of carers.
And, it would be interesting to find out, if this 50%, are still carers, after their assessment.
And, when support is provided, the higher sealings are only £500-£1000 per year.http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2015/01/02/carers-face-postcode-lottery-support-due-variations-thresholds-finds-study/
It would also be interesting to know, why our government, is spending millions, to implement, unnecessary, voluntary assessments for support, LAs, are not under a duty to provide, and, are not providing.
It is important to note, that the Care Act, provides, that once a person is deemed ‘incapable’, only ‘approved’ support is funded.
Considering all this it would be difficult not to conclude, the purpose of carers assessments, and indeed assessments generally, is to find ’safeguarding/neglect and abuse issues.
And support workers, GPs, nurses, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, person centred planners, development workers, occupational therapists, or,anyone, involved in home support, are briefed to do so.
See here, an account of how evidence can be created covertly by workers.
It appears ‘assessments’ are the means of removal to state care and our government is prepared to spend a fortune on them.
Training and employing spies, and enforcers, under the guise of ‘assessment’, ‘support’, and safeguarding, to ensure an ever growing residential care industry, rather than long term family support.
So, how are carers or the vulnerable to survive, these expensive state Care Inquisitions ?