Christmas 2019

This year, and for the first time in 42 years, my vulnerable adopted brother won’t be home to spend Christmas with my mother and me, he will spend it in a Priory Group ‘care’ home we did not want him to go to, and where I have repeatedly raised concerns.

With communication, a constrained one-way channel with my local authority since their block on such started in 2017, and I remaining denied of being my brother’s representative for almost a decade, I have no route to challenge or appeal our contact.

However, I hope to see him on Monday 23rd for a couple of hours, and cook him a Christmas dinner; but will have no photo/video record for my mother’s memories.

While I’ve witnessed my adopted sibling become de-skilled and regressed in ‘care’ with the negligence of ‘professionals’ who worked to conceal what has occurred. I hope others out there who have a loved one forced into the care system have their situation improved in the coming new year.

And while I feel aggrieved and dispirited at losing my sibling to an institutional care system, at least I can ensure our mother enjoys Christmas this year and is cared for properly.

And to those who know of my continuing care battles, I wish you a HaPpY ChRiStMaS.

Please keep signing and share my petition to parliament regarding CCTV in all care homes where vulnerable people live. Thank you.