ME/CFS is a serious and sometimes devastating illness. It can affect every part of a person's life. Even the simplest of tasks like going to the bathroom or climbing the stairs can prove very difficult or impossible. Help to cope with everyday living may be available from your local authority social services department.
Significant changes to social care provision were implemented in England in April 2015, and this leaflet explains how the new system operates and what you need to do in order to arrange for a social care needs assessment. For example, it is now possible for the local authority social services department to offer cash, rather than services. This system is called ‘Direct Payments’ and people who receive this money must use it to arrange services for themselves to meet their care needs.
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
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