Disabled Sunderland pensioner’s horror at proposed care plan changes

Disabled Rob Bradford of Nookside is concerned about changes in funding for care costs.
Disabled Rob Bradford of Nookside is concerned about changes in funding for care costs.
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A DISABLED pensioner says he is disgusted at proposals which mean the cost of his social care could rise by hundreds of pounds.

Ron Bradford, 68, who has three dual carer visits each day as he struggles with spondylitis, a spinal illness, says he will find it hard to pay for his care after it was revealed that a maximum cap of £108.70 could be removed.

Retired taxi driver Mr Bradford, of High Barnes, also suffered a major stroke a number of years ago.

His wife of 37 years, Margaret, 69, helps to care for him, although she can only do certain tasks as she struggles with a shoulder complaint.

Mr Bradford said: “Having worked all my life and then having a number of strokes as well as a major stroke I think it’s totally unfair that I might have to pay more.

“I just think it’s totally wrong.

“Seemingly neither the council, nor the Government, care about the financial wellbeing of anyone.”

Two carers come on three separate occasions daily to help get Mr Bradford up in the morning and look after him throughout the day.

He added: “About three-and-a-half years ago I had a stroke which has left me totally immobile.

“The only places I go are to the hospital now and again.

“That’s as far as I go out.

“I can only walk from the front room to the front door.

“My wife manages to look after me as best as she can but she has health problems of her own.

“I don’t think I will have to pay that much more but it will certainly be more than than I am paying now.

“I’ve got some money saved up but that wasn’t meant to go towards my care.

“If I was forced to have to pay more, then I’ve got no choice.

“But I certainly would not approve of it.”

Coun Dave Allan, portfolio holder for health at Sunderland City Council, said: “The council is seeking the views of all local people but particularly current customers of adult social care and their families about the fairest way to charge people for these services.

“The consultation sets out a range of options, nothing has been decided at this stage.

“The removal of the maximum charge is only one of several options and if supported, it would not affect the vast majority of the 3,000 individuals currently paying a charge.

“As a council we are very aware of the importance of this issue to local people which is why we would encourage everyone to give us their views.”

The consultation period on the changes ends on December 19.

An online questionnaire for those set to be affected is available at www.sunderland.gov.uk/contributions.

Alternatively, call the council’s Benefits and Assessment Team on 566 1850.

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