well,my first attempt so bear with me lol. for those of you who dont know me im morton, most people shorten it to mort. feel free.im 54,from north norfolk on the coast. im a full time carer for my elderly mother,jean.86 bless her and cripled with arthritis. why am i blogging? sometimes its ruddy hard being a carer,and perhaps,out there in aol land,theres someone sitting in front of their computer screens,thinking they are the only ones,and that no-one understands. well,join the club.lol. mums no trouble,bless.im lucky,theres many older people,(and lot younger) take more looking after than my mum. shes been dependant on me for the past 10 years or more,and bloody hates it lol. she has to use a frame to walk,and can only manage a short distance.otherwise its the dreaded wheelchair.
Im a private sort of person,and i dont often complain but just lately its been getting harder for me to be in my normal caring carer mode.so,i bit the bullet,and rang social services. to ask for a carers assessment. as i really can do with a little break. 10 years with no hols,always on hand, can wear you down,sometimes without you realising its happening. anyway,i spoke to nice lady,explained and asked for an assessment. bearing in mind,in all those 10 years ,ive seen a social worker once,and that was to request the bath to be removed and a shower fitted.which was done. in due course a lady social worker arrived,all happy and smiling sweetly. both me and mum hated her on sight lol. she asked mum loads of questions,with me sitting there thinking,hmmmm odd careres assessment,then she proposed that mum has a carer come in 5 days a week for half an hour in the mornings to wash,and help her dress.thankfully mum readily agreed. also,would see that occupational therapist,( O T) would come and see us and see what help she can give,ok there you are,ive done my bit goodbye. oh,and by the way would you like a carers assessment morton??? ermmmm,i thought that was what i was going to have?? she gave me a nice form to fill in,smiled sweetly,said post that to me wont you when youve done it,and went. oh. lol. sooooo,i filled it in,sent it off.
after a few days,the carers got in touch,came and saw mum and arranged a carer to come 5 days a week at 7am to wash,dress,and shower once a week. tracy,bless her,started the next week,and mum loves her.all i hear in mornings is them laughing,and when mums dressed,and tracys had her tea,( black,no sugar!!! good god.) mum is ready for the day,which for her is her beloved telly.she loves it. daytime tv was made for my mum,and also QVC,that much laughed at shopping channel. i take her out couple times a week in the car.
now,remember that assessment? long time past??? last week,the OT social worker came,and has got us fitted a shower seat,so mum can be washed more easily,mu a new walker,etc. lovely lady. sooooo, she then said,"what about you morton?have you had an assessment?" ermmmm no. it appears theres no record of me asking for one either!!!! she promised to sort it for me,and i await,with baited breath,what happens next. that will do for my first attempt. a bit rambling. and doubt it will get read but hey i do have plenty of time,and this good way to fill it. take care all