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    Just to confirm the situation with care costs. ...

    Just to confirm the situation with care costs.

    (1) Care at home is means tested and the value of the home is excluded from means testing.

    (2) Permanent residential care is means tested and does...
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    Progress update:- I spoke to the nurse in...

    Progress update:-

    I spoke to the nurse in charge and she confirmed that Mum does not have a kidney infection and will be staying with them over weekend. She will be seen by physiotherapist and...
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    Thanks. That's a good strategy. It might come...

    Thanks. That's a good strategy.

    It might come as a surprise given my common verbosity on here but I do in fact do something along those lines. A coping mechanism I guess.

    I have come to realise...
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    Progress update:- Mum is still in hospital....

    Progress update:-

    Mum is still in hospital. She was admitted on Wednesday afternoon, made it out of A&E and onto a ward at some point on Thursday morning, and has been on the ward since then (so...
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    Thanks for everyone's kind and helpful comments....

    Thanks for everyone's kind and helpful comments.

    Several people said similar things and I'm replying to hogthrob's message below with a view to covering everyone else's comments and queries.


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    Thanks for your kind comments, everyone. A few...

    Thanks for your kind comments, everyone.

    A few responses...



    Yes, I'm hoping so. It pleasantly surprised me that she has the blood infection markers but a normal temperature and blood sugar...
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    Progress update:- Ambulance been and gone. It...

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    Ambulance been and gone. It came much, much quicker than I was expecting. Was expecting a multi-hour wait. Rushed around and collected things for mum to take to make her happy,...
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    Progress update:- 999 happened. Just had a...

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    999 happened.

    Just had a called from the assessment team (STARRS) and the blood results showed significantly elevated infection markers and malfunctioning kidneys. Mum needs...
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    Yes, it was a risk to not call 999. But then my...

    Yes, it was a risk to not call 999. But then my mother would have been very highly stressed by being carted off to hospital so it had its downsides. It was something to avoid unless absolutely...
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    Progress update:- The assessment team came...

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    The assessment team came today and did a medical assessment initially. My mum's temperature is normal and they've taken bloods and urine for testing. Uncertain about whether or...
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    It seems that things are moving. The assessment...

    It seems that things are moving. The assessment team know the current situation and will (hopefully) be here soon. We'll see what their assessment brings.



    Yes, indeed. I must resist the urge...
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    Thanks to everyone who have been urging me to...

    Thanks to everyone who have been urging me to call 999. It was what I'd have tried next (in consultation with social services) if the GP hadn't referred my mum to the assessment team.

    The...
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    Progress update:- Don't have time to say more...

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    Don't have time to say more right now but an assessment team is on their way. Called in by GP. They will be here in a "few hours". Have spoken to them on phone and they seem to...
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    Regrettably not. In order for me to claim Carer's...

    Regrettably not. In order for me to claim Carer's Allowance my mum ideally needs to be claiming Attendance Allowance. She has been eligible for this at either lower or higher rate since at least 2003...
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    This. I think I'm reaching the end of what I...

    This.

    I think I'm reaching the end of what I know how to do to get attention. I need someone who can scream and shout for me and for my mum.

    This may sound odd (or not, if you know me from...
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    Indeed. :-( I was hopeful yesterday evening....

    Indeed. :-(

    I was hopeful yesterday evening. Now I'm losing hope again.


    Thank you to everyone who has commented here. You've given me some great advice. If only the system worked as it was...
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    Thanks for this reply. We have already tried...

    Thanks for this reply.

    We have already tried to explain these issues to the GP but he/they seem only vaguely to understand. He focussed "on her pain meds will need revising" this bit and ordered...
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    Progress update:- I have just this second...

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    I have just this second received a text message from the GP surgery saying: "You have been booked with the GP for a TELEPHONE CONSULTATION. Please wait for the doctor to...
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    Well, the GP is due to call at or after 10:00. I...

    Well, the GP is due to call at or after 10:00. I am not presently optimistic that the conversation will result in an actual physical visit, but we'll see.

    Beyond that, I will speak to Camden...
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    That's very informative, thanks. (Bold...

    That's very informative, thanks.



    (Bold added by me)

    This is it. My mum is now off her accustomed baseline and there does need to be some kind of medical assessment. She is not yet confused...
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    Thanks for your comments. Yup, she's taking...

    Thanks for your comments.

    Yup, she's taking Co-codamol 500/30. This is briefly effective against the pain from gout but is better than nothing. She has lower leg/ankle/foot lymphoedema which I...
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    Progress update:- I called the GP surgery at...

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    I called the GP surgery at 08:00, as agreed with Camden social services, in order to arrange for an urgent visit from a doctor. And the surgery knew nothing of a call from social...
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    Three especially useful messages from...

    Three especially useful messages from CatalystGuy, helidoc and davidj54 above. I'll reply in more detail to them later today. Right now I've got to get some sleep.

    As things stand right now, the...
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    Despite the long list of symptoms above my mum...

    Despite the long list of symptoms above my mum just isn't ill enough to justify 999. Really, it wouldn't make sense as things stand. Of course, if progress stalls and I can no longer get her into a...
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    Some further progress:- We did not receive a...

    Some further progress:-

    We did not receive a call back from GP, Brent district nurse, or Brent social services. So I decided to call Camden social services (who are, afterall, our correct local...
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