I recently met with residents at Quadrant House – a complex of flats with extra support to help older people stay living independently. The residents told me they are very concerned that their support is being reduced due to staff cuts, that there are difficulties getting in and out due to problems with the gates, and that the building isn’t being properly maintained.
I am going to take this issue up with Riverside Housing as a matter of urgency, to find a proper solution and ensure the residents get the support they need and deserve.
On Tuesday 11th April 2017 I was honoured to judge an Easter Bonnet competition organised by a befriending scheme for older people in Braunstone, which is run by the charity ‘b-inspired’ and the Braunstone Blues emergency services team.
B-inspired recruits local people to become volunteer befrienders for isolated or lonely older people, helping them get involved in social activities and trips out, to access local services or just spend time talking.
The older people I met told me about the huge difference the befrienders have made to their lives. I will continue to do everything I can to support the brilliant work done by b-inspired and the Braunstone Blues to help vulnerable residents in Braunstone.
I recently visited Leicester’s Intensive Community Support (ICS) team which helps keep older people living at home so they don’t need to go into hospital. The ICS team offers nursing, physiotherapy, social care and other support from advanced practitioners.
I will be organising a visit with the ICS team soon, to see at first-hand the work they do. We need more services like this to improve care and reduce pressure on hospital services and A&E.
On Monday 9th January I challenged the Heath Secretary on how he plans to tackle the growing crisis in the NHS and social care. Government plans to use council tax rises to try and fill the huge gap in funding for social care are completely inadequate and will only increase inequality as the country’s poorest regions will be least able to raise the money they so desperately need.