Man left unable to wash after care cancelled

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A seriously ill man has slammed a social care company after they withdrew his care with just 10 days’ notice.

Simon Muncaster, 46, depends on care provided by Bedfordshire Supported Housing as he suffers with bowel and bladder complications.

The issues Simon lives with everyday means he cannot walk, lift things and is at risk of high blood pressure, which could cause a stroke or cardiac arrest.

He explains: “The carers help me with things like getting around because I depend on crutches or a wheelchair on bad days.

“They help me shower 
and get out and about during the day.

“I was told that the care provided to me would be cancelled because I am moving to the other side of the borough – but why should this affect my care?”

Simon has three permanent carers who visit him every day, but he and his wife are readying to move from Harrold to Colmworth.

Simon added: “The company is refusing to honour the 28 day cancelling period set out by the council.

“I have a right to wash and clean and I am being failed if nobody helps me with this.

“I have serious psychological issues because of what has happened to me and I have depression.

“I have looked at bridges before and thought about doing the unthinkable, my life is literally on the line. I need this care to keep me going.”

Brenda Queeley, manager at Befordshire Supported Housing, said: “It is everyone’s right to live where they choose, however this may cause the care to be cancelled if it is no longer in the area where we can provide it.

“We never make this decision lightly and work closely to reinstate care in these stressful situations.”