Posted by: worldlycitizen | May 16, 2009

Holy bedsocks, what have I done?

I am new here and quite useless at IT…  I am in awe of myself getting this far to get myself a BLOG…. to be honest I do not know what it will do for my life but thought I better get a BLOG and add to my life!!!!  Wonder if it will. I have no idea where this will go or who will read it and if anyone would respond anyway so when I hit the submit button (supposing there is one!!!!) I will await my fate.

Posted by: worldlycitizen | May 16, 2009

Carers must always care

Lying in bed, unable to move or see you do need to have confidence that your carer is honest and at the very least ”care”.

I have been working in the UK as a live-in carer for nearly six years now and have looked after 20 clients, all over the British Isles. You would never believe some of the things my clients and I have experienced from live-in carers and those who visit during the day to assist me.

Some have stolen, some have deprived clients of their ususal standard of living, spoken dreadfully to the frail and infirmed and worst of all taken away their dignity.

Most have been terrific and faultless but sadly images of one taking both  hearing aids off a dear old 90-year-old woman and removing batteries, pushing people  extremely  roughly cross the bed, depriving others  of daily toiletry routines,  missing out medication, shocking standards of cooking, yelling and speaking rudely to clients  – all in all,   disappointing ”care”.

In many case my clients have had family or close friends to ”advocate” for them but not everyone has someone checking out what the carers do and their intentions.

Most agencies insist on Police Reports but there are some who slip through the net and the end result of this is ”who knows” who these people are. Also, anyone can present really well at a job interview so agencies accept people who are quite different when they get ”out in the field”.  At that point the agency cannot stand behind every person they send out in to the carer world.

At the end of the day it is up to the carer him or herself to set standards and stick to them. Personally, I work as if the family have installed a hidden camera and it is on me all the time.  I want to offer/practice high standards so I don’t really need to add this ”camera” to my world but all the time it is in my mind that i must adhere to this work ethic.

Caring for the elderly or infirmed should come from the heart, the pay packet should not be the main focus in caring for those who need someone honest, reliable, friendly and most of all CARING.

Let’s put CARE before everything else if we are responsible for helping someone to live at home, or in a care-home when they are vulnerable and need to know their day is comfortable and safe and they are nurtured well in body, mind and soul.

( I am new to blogs, hope I have done this right…)

Posted by: worldlycitizen | May 16, 2009

UK MP’s ”fingers in the till”

The ELECTORATE in UK is enraged. MP’s are paid a most generous salary, have many perks and now they have been caught with their ”fingers in the till”… BIG TIME.

I can accept that some live miles away from home and want to SERVE their constituents in London. With the decision to stand as an MP (they all say it is to serve their local communities!!! Never that the salary is big, the pensions fantastic and all the perks and financial gains are NICE THANKYOU VERY MUCH!!!!) they know the bulk of their  job is going to be miles away in London.

So, they should be recompensed for travelling to and from home, but setting up a second home and improving it with taxpayer’s hard earned funds and then owning a valuable increased value asset is definitely not right.

I have an answer for this lot of  greedy ”SERVANTS”…. the government should buy a huge block of flats, near Parliament and rent the accommodations out to the MPs. This way the Government would own the real estate and the MPs would be paying rent in their town job, just like you or I would do if we wished to live elsewhere and work in London Monday to Friday.

When you look at some of the mansions these MPs live in you can’t help but wonder that they need to claim for horse manure for the family pile, a moat round the property to keep out ” low-life” who pay their taxes promptly (or get charged  one hundred pounds penalty) or even a packet of kit-kats to ease the pain of having to leave home and travel to the capital to run the country. 

What stinks is the fact that a young mum wanted to send her child to a ”good” school and as her address barred her from putting him on the roll she wrote down on the form her mother’s address, nearby the school.  She is being charged in the courts……  her ”illegitimate” claim would not have cost the taxpayer a cent, but it will now she’s got a court case ahead of her! Where is the justice here when MPs can claim for ridiculous things and major items like interest on a mortgage over their second home – when they stopped paying it many months before!

Bring in the police and charge them just as I would be if I stole a ream of typing paper from my boss or had my ”fingers in the till” and took home some of the day’s takings instead of taking it to the bank.

Come on, tidy up the act MPs – remember you are employed by the taxpayer.. you are our servant.  Get it right. Get it honest and if you cant, then get out.

Posted by: worldlycitizen | May 15, 2009

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