I’m new to this site, I’m hoping someone will be able to point me in the right direction.
Will give you a little bit of background before I ask the question.
My mum has schizophrenia, she was diagnosed when I was around 6 I’m now 35.
My mum and dad separated several years ago around this time I would have been 18/19.
My question is concerning her care and financial state. She lives in a self contained flat 5 doors from me, she has a morning call from the outreach team in our area and then an evening call each night every day to administer her medication.
Her benefits are paid to social services, they pay all her bills and then the outreach team bring her money once a week for shopping and anything she may need.
As I have got older myself and my younger brother (29) are concerned about how mums finances and care is managed.
We have no idea about any benefits she receives, she has no idea about how much money she has In her pot with social services so to speak.
Several times they have advised the outreach team that her money is getting near to the cap for benefits and they are randomly buying curtains for her for a £1000!
We are concerned about her care. The outreach team seem to be our point of contact with social services but I’ve raised concerns the last 12 months with them that I’d like extra calls her care plan to be reviewed etc but nothing is ever done. ( I appreciate we are in the midst of a pandemic )
As I’ve mentioned at the time of my mum and dad separating I would have been 18/19 I can’t ever remember anyone coming to me and asking if I was happy for social services to take control.
I’ve no idea where to start with all this, we don’t know who we would even contact first.
We both have our own children, we both work full time but are on hand for mum daily.
I don’t want anyone to think we are trying to get hold of her money this is why we’ve not looked into anything before now. Tbh with you it would be stressful trying to manage it, but it just doesn’t sit right with us that we are both capable and the state has taken over without reviewing anything as we’ve got older.
Any advice on where we would go first would be very much appreciated.