Last night I was very kindly invited for dinner by my work colleagues Sarah and Chloe. Sarah only lives about two minutes walk away from me. They cooked homemade vegetable lasagne with garlic bread and salad, with homemade cheesecake and chocolate/mocca cake to follow, all washed down with a nice glass of wine! It was a really lovely girly evening and the food was awesome. I also met Sarah's new puppy, which flew round the house like crazy, but was quite sweet as dogs go!
I returned home and was looking forward to a good night's sleep, but I was woken up at 12.45am by my Mother, who was very distraught, as Father had fallen out of bed and was laying on the cold floor. She had phoned Swift Response (run by social services and is a non-emergency 24 hour service who assist to get people off the floor) and was told they were too busy and had no one in the area and that she needed to call paramedics, which she then did. She rang me again at 2.30am as no one had turned up and she had no one else to turn to but me. There would have been no point in me going out, as I'm not able to get Father off the floor either, he's too heavy. Mother waited well over TWO hours for assistance. I totally understand that a fallen person in a home is last in line to be attended to, but surely there must be some kind of help out there for this situation!!! Well, actually there isn't I found out when I phoned both Swift Response and Social Services this evening. A lady at Swift Response said their service has become very 'popular' and they now don't have enough staff to cope with the whole county.
My Mother had only had two hours broken sleep, before Father was calling out again at 6am this morning and she unfortunately had to deal with another situation which I won't go in to. Tough times. This evening she fell asleep in the chair whilst writing the shopping list for me to order on line, but we got it done in the end.