Annie has high support needs and was diagnosed with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis in December 2009 and has become increasingly impaired.
After suffering excruciatingly painful spasticity in 2011 she spent 2 ½ months in Rehabilitation and on discharge in February 2012 was assessed by her Local Authority for care and was awarded 23 hours a week.
At the end of 2016 she collapsed and spent months last year in hospital. They have said she will never walk again, and pain in her right arm since April has left her using a hoist since then.
But when she was reviewed on leaving hospital in May last year, her care package remained at a completely inadequate 23 hours a week and she was told she was lucky. This despite the fact that in her current condition it scarcely gets her up in the morning.
She is now completely reliant on human support to live independently, unable to move, clean, toilet, dress, feed herself – or do anything. She uses a hospital bed and wheelchair, and needs to be moved with a hoist by two people.
She is in constant pain, has spasms and severe spasticity yet she has been unable to access the extra hours of help she now needs.
She has no money and has had to borrow heavily from friends and family to survive and get some of the extra care she needs. This won’t continue to be possible.
Social services continue to fail to assess her needs, and have not provided her with a proper care plan since 2012. Like many others Annie has been stripped of her entitlement to legal aid due to the changes made by the Tories.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Any amount you can spare to help us pay for a legal opinion for Annie would help her and possibly others enormously. Any money donated and not used will go to Disabled People Against Cuts. (DPAC).
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