Hi,thank you for your replies to my question a couple of days ago.Does anybody know what happens if family refuse care for their relative,purely on the grounds that family are more than capable of caring for the relative themselves (medical and nursing qualifications for example) I'm assuming safe guarding adults becomes relevant,but what are the long term consequences of this? do police and the courts become involved? and is there a possibility of the relative being taken away from us or anything similar?By the way,my father is totally capable of making decisions and agreed totally with us and wishes for us to care for him.
Theres no requirement for family to care for a relative at all. SS will assess the person as to their care needs, and their finances. If they have money to pay for care SS will help them access it, if not, SS will put a care package in place. Family help, available or not, isn't considered.
I read this first and got the wro g end of the stick the first time but think I get it now.
Think it hinges in whether your Dad has Capacity which you've said he has. He therefore has the right to refuse a SS care package. A key part of the Mental Capacity Act is that people have the right to make decisions that others may deem unwise. It would only be a Safeguarding issue if he didn't have capacity.
Have you any idea why SS aren't keen fir your involvement ? Usually it's a struggle to get anything out of them. In order to smooth things over I'd be tempted to ask the SW to come out and have a meeting with you all with you and your Dad explaining how you plan to take it from there without Carers. Try to keep them onside, day you want to act in your Dad's Best Interests and carry out his wishes ie. to have Family to care for him and would really welcome their professional experience to highlight any areas you may not have thought of. Follow the meeting with an email to create a paper trail.
It would also be very sensible at this point if you haven't already done it to do the Health and Welfare LPA.