A CAMPAIGN is under way to battle controversial home care changes
Brigid Harbour, from Marsden, has 25 years’ experience in health and social care and is fronting a campaign to fight changes to Kirklees home care services.
She wants to give the vulnerable, elderly and disabled an opportunity to voice their concerns about the dramatic alterations to the way they are cared for in their own homes.
Since the Examiner reported on the home care changes earlier this month, letters have flooded into the newsroom from readers who have been hit by the controversial changes.
Some people have had visits from up to eight carers a week – while many have new carers who don’t know what their individual needs are.
The result is that people have been left scared and feeling helpless.
Home carers, service users and their families are invited to join 56-year-old Brigid to fight the changes.
She also wants to help them voice any concerns they may have in the future.
Her elderly mum, 96-year-old Norah Dooher from Slaithwaite, is one of the many service users she wants to represent.
Former home care worker Brigid said: “The Examiner has printed so many letters from people – but that will just be the tip of the iceberg.
“Some people won’t be able to speak out or will feel they’ll be getting their carers into trouble.
“I want to set up a campaign or a lobby-group and give people a voice.”
Brigid, who runs a humanist funeral service, said adult service bosses need to realise the effects the change is having on service users.
“Think about what you do every morning,’’ she said.
“You wake up and you have your breakfast.
“You might have coffee or tea – black or white – whatever you prefer.
“Then you get in the shower and you get yourself dressed.
“Imagine if you can’t do any of these things for yourself.
“These are very personal things like washing and dressing yourself.
“Think about how important it would be that the people who were coming into your home would know your needs, your likes and dislikes.
“And what if you couldn’t remember what had happened yesterday?
“What if you couldn’t tell your new home care worker what your needs are?
“I dread to think what’s happening to some people.”
Anyone wanting to support her campaign should email Brigid: firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.