Many people who call my helpline (0345 051 3925) for advice on how to cope with the silent, visual hallucinations that can develop when sight is compromised or lost are ringing on behalf of family members for whom they are acting as carers. The carers tend to be from the ‘sandwich’ generation, living in the middle of teenage or university-age children and elderly parents – possibly trying to fit in a job at the same time. With no help offered from the local social services, they are struggling alone.
Some social workers seem to have forgotten that they have a responsibility towards these people. They have forgotten, too, that it is our taxes that pay their wages.
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