This site was originally created to raise awareness of the inadequate care and support provided to my adopted brother, a vulnerable autistic adult who has learning difficulties and limited verbal communication, and to gain funding for legal action. However, as time has progressed the site is evolving to include detailing my experience, as an unpadi carer, of inadequate care and support prvovided by Herefordshire council.
Since leaving his family home of some 35 years and becoming institutionalised in the care system, placed in a residential care home out of County and against his family’s wishes, concerns of neglect and abuse have been poorly investigated and wilfully ignored by both the provider The Priory Group and the local authority Herefordshire Council, allowing ill-treatment to continue and recur.
As you read this site, I hope to make you aware of how some vulnerable adults, such as my brother, are poorly cared for and supported, not only by providers but also by some local authorities particularly when family members who may not have lasting power of attorney or deputyship issued by The Court of Protection raise concerns for a vulnerable relatives health or welfare.
I initially started the blog by publishing an anonymised copy of a letter I received from The Priory Group on 20th December 2016. I believe such a biased letter and the acknowledgement and ignorance by the provider of recurring ill-treatment of a vulnerable person is a more common practice than the general public realises.
The letter displays the provider’s continuing neglect of their obligation to vulnerable adults who may not be capable of raising a concern on their own and requires support to do so.
Please read the blog for more information and the about page links
We seek proper legal redress and a firm who is willing to take on a case.
Since the age of 8 months old, my brother was one of the many long-term and short-term foster children cared for by our mother and father for many years, the only child to be adopted some years later. He continued to live in the family home until the age of 35 when our widowed mother became ill and was hospitalised for almost four months.
After losing our father to Emphysema some years ago at the age of 76, our mother’s decline in health at the age of 80, and the onset of her Dementia, I became unable to care for two relatives with extremely limited assistance. My brother regrettably moved out of the family home and became placed within the care system, where I naively believed that the system worked and he would adequately be cared and supported for the rest of his life, such proved not to be the case.
His mother’s wishes for me to look after him and make sure he is cared for, have been extremely poorly addressed by the local authority, although I have Power of Attorney for our mother this has not helped with gaining adequate care and support for my brother.
In the interest of transparency, I must advise that I had raised concerns over my brother in the past, one of two care cases taken to The Local Government Ombudsman concerning the inadequate care and support provided to vulnerable adults, Case ref 14-019-277. After approximately eight months of providing evidence, the case was abruptly closed and not upheld; notwithstanding, factually inaccurate data remains in the final decision.
A link to the case and the identified factually incorrect data I noted can be found here:
Link to LGO final decision 14 019 277 & identified incorrect data
We seek proper legal redress and a firm who is willing to take on a case of negligence and institutional abuse.
If you have experienced similar failures and inadequate care and support of a vulnerable adult and would like to share your story anonymously, I would interested to hear it, particularly if it involves Herefordshire Council, The Priory Group and Onside-Advocacy.org.uk.
If you would like to contact me, please email firstname.lastname@example.org