Sumary of Dignity for disabled people: They put my little brother in an old people’s home… aged 26:
- He spent 16 months in hospital where he had 30 operations, as well as multiple psychiatric assessments as the brain damage has left him with long-term mental health problems.
- We’ve had inadequate help from local healthcare teams, so he is now reliant on our mother, who is 64, and 35-year-old me.
- That shocking story marked the launch of The Mail on Sunday’s Dignity For Disabled People campaign, in which we highlighted shocking injustices dealt to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
- It’s a fact More than 400,000 wheelchair-users in England live in homes that are deemed inaccessible, claims housing association Habinteg.
- The number of disabled people waiting for suitable housing has risen by ten per cent since 2017 to roughly 120,000. But one day the doctor entered his room and told us the local council had cut funding for his care.
- According to Government guidance, those with an ongoing healthcare need, such as Omar, qualify for NHS support – but funding and staffing problems mean patients often face delays of several years before accessing essential care and equipment.
- A social worker’s assessment in 2015 concluded that Omar needed 24-hour assistance and that, given his age and mental health risk, it was important he retained as much independence as possible.
- Our once enviably close brother-sister relationship is in tatters.