Therefore, like other Age Concern groups, we are at the sharp end of the voluntary sector and are made aware daily of the problems faced by the elderly. For instance, the provision of domestic cleaning assistance, which used to be carried out by the old Home Help service, has almost ceased under the Care in the Community scheme because the increase in tasks has not been matched by the necessary increase in resources. This has caused problems for, and distress to, elderly people who cannot easily change the sheets on their beds or clean a floor.
We have therefore decided to increase our services by setting up a register of domestic cleaners in our area who would be willing to clean for elderly people, but this extra task for us would not be necessary if Care in the Community was properly funded.
Kingsbridge Age Concern
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