Often when social care is talked about in the media and by politicians, they portray an image of care homes, residents near the end of their life, elderly people being made cups of tea. But what about those of us who need care from a young age? Who need social care to support us with work, to meet up with friends, to travel, to party? Where are we in this out-dated narrative, the young and aspiring?
The truth is, we’re forgotten about, and the system penalises us too.
Carers or PAs are an essential part of my everyday life. They support me with washing, dressing, using the toilet and preparing meals – and I’m not alone.