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    Is your life after Covid still the same?

    I'm just wondering how many on here live isolated lives purely because of under funding

    We had a lot of press about how much Covid isolation affected people, creating depression and other mental health problems.
    But - what about our disabled population - has anyone actually thought - 'Hang on' there are people who have to live behind closed doors purely because of the lack of funding - nothing to do with Covid.

    Just wondering folks
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    Hello Sea Queen

    Covid has made very little difference to my isolated life, though not through lack of funding, more my disabilities. I have missed seeing family
    and doctors in person, telephone consultations are no substitute.

    It has been interesting to hear how difficult people have found living life so closed down, hardly leaving home - which is often how so many of us with difficult disabilities are forced to permanently.

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    I'm sick and tired of hearing people bleating on about how hard done by they are because they can't go out and socialise.

    If it wasn't for my computer I'd have almost no interaction with other people and the only conversation I'd have is with my Assistance Dog - he's fantastic, but it's a bit one-sided.

    Welcome to our world huh? Just shut us away and pretend we don't exist. I have three kids and six grandchildren, but only see them a few times a year.

    As for money, yes it's always a struggle. Even if I could physically interact with the world more I wouldn't be able to afford to do more than have a couple of coffees or beers a week in a pub, restaurant or café.

    My problems have always been physical, but the isolation I now suffer from (regardless of Covid) is certainly taking its toll on my mental health. The less interaction I have with people, the less I find I want it.

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    I actually found myself slightly better off during lockdown.

    I wasn't going shopping as much so no impulse buying.
    And of course nothing was being spent on socialising or trips out.

    As bubble48 says many were already in the equivalent of lockdown anyway and still will be when lockdown is fully lifted.

    Maybe the vast majority having a taste of that themselves for a couple of months may make them think differently, at least for a short while, about those who can't normally get out.

    I doubt that it will change much in the long term though, and certainly not funding.

    The promised changes to Social Care not appearing in the Queens Speech being a good example that the government isn't willing to do anymore funding unless/until forced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    I actually found myself slightly better off during lockdown.

    I wasn't going shopping as much so no impulse buying.
    And of course nothing was being spent on socialising or trips out.

    As bubble48 says many were already in the equivalent of lockdown anyway and still will be when lockdown is fully lifted.

    Maybe the vast majority having a taste of that themselves for a couple of months may make them think differently, at least for a short while, about those who can't normally get out.

    I doubt that it will change much in the long term though, and certainly not funding.

    The promised changes to Social Care not appearing in the Queens Speech being a good example that the government isn't willing to do anymore funding unless/until forced.
    That is where I was coming from ! It's a battle to get adequate funding if you need assistance outside the home - and yes I doubt the Government will honor it's pledge to support Social Care more.
    I also would have hoped the Covid would have been a trigger to increase funding - pigs might fly though I suspect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky View Post
    I'm sick and tired of hearing people bleating on about how hard done by they are because they can't go out and socialise.
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    Perhaps those people are sick & tired of hearing about people like you alway's carping on about being hard dione by !
    Two sides to every story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gus607 View Post
    Perhaps those people are sick & tired of hearing about people like you alway's carping on about being hard dione by !
    Two sides to every story.
    Actually I don't go on about this as it is not me who is disabled but I chat with plenty who are and also very isolated.
    Having to choose - GP appointment or see my friend ( my one and only social day out.
    Invited to a party - sorry I can't go I have a hospital appointment - and NOt enough hours in my budget to do both - yes some do actually have to make these choices and NOT just for a years covid lockdown!
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    I think it may end up a bit like the MP's who 'live on benefits' for a week and then think they know all about what it's like.

    So it may actually come as a backlash in the form of: 'We did it for months during covid, and while bad it wasn't that bad'.

    Anyone can manage for a short time - but try 5, 10, 20 years of it which is a whole different story when things wear out and need replacing.
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    That is a good example nukecad.
    We should all be grateful for what we have if there is no illness to restrict our lives.
    Maybe, the Direct Funding is an area issue but I find they are quick to take it away but slow to give any increase.
    I believe everyone one of us should be given the opportunity to live as full and social life as needed. Some don't want much whilst others need to get out more.
    The system of punching details into a computer which then decides the individual's fate could be improved upon.
    Covid has been a tester - A wake up call. So many children suffering with mental health issues as well.
    So many Social Workers leaving as it is now just about money not people - very sad!
    I just hope the Government does what they say and improve the social care system.
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