According to the charity Sue Ryder younger people with neurological conditions are being cared for in old people’s homes. The charity said that there is nowhere else for them to go due to a lack of specialist facilities.
The Scottish government said it wants people to be treated in their own homes or as close to home as possible. Minister Jamie Hepburn said it plans to invest £250m a year in order to “protect and grow” social care services.
Romana was placed in a care home for the elderly at the age of just 23, after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage when she was four months pregnant with her second child. Romana, who wasn’t allowed to see her children expect from short visits, has commented on her situation. She stated “It felt very strange because everyone around me was so much older: I was a very young girl at the time, and I felt I had lost my family”.
After two years the Sue Ryder charity heard of her case and offered her a place at their neurological centre in Aberdeen. With specialised rehabilitating services Romana learned to walk and how to live independently. She is now looking forward to having her own flat and sleeping under the same roof as her children for the first time in seven years.
Sue Ryder asked every local authority and health board in Scotland exactly how many people with neurological diseases are being cared for in old people’s homes. Only a third of the authorities provided figures but they did confirm that 63 people under the age of 65 were being cared for in such an environment.
If these figures were replicated across the remaining health boards it would mean that around 250 people are being cared for within inappropriate surroundings. The charity also revealed that a total of nearly 1,000 people could be missing out on specialist treatment, support and rehabilitation.
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