I’m more worried about my dad spending winter in his house. He’s already living in a big jumper, a bobble hat and a woolly poncho. His place is freezing, it’s damp, it’s a health hazard, and in the middle of the city where there’s a lot of antisocial behaviour right outside his door – but he just doesn’t see himself as a vulnerable man. He has no insight into how fragile he is.
I think – I hope – he’s on some sort of waiting list to be moved with his housing association and the council. You do all the paperwork, sign multiple forms, press send, but what happens next? Nothing. You don’t get any confirmation or information. Is there a website where I can look at what’s available? Is anything going to happen any time soon? I emailed to ask, “What happens now?” but no one ever replies. You can’t get an answer on the phone. I genuinely have no idea how anyone has managed to get a transfer. If I can’t figure out the system then Dad would have no chance. If he was doing this on his own, he’d be lost.
It’s the same with his health. Dad has lost so much weight he has nothing left to lose, but we’re still waiting for tests. He keeps getting letters that say, “Your appointment has been cancelled, ring this number to rearrange it”, but when you call and say that he didn’t even have an appointment, you’re told the letters are automatically generated and there’s nothing to rearrange. For some reason, my job is running after these people, spending hours on the phone, trying to work it out. Does he have an appointment? Can he get one? What’s wrong with him? Will he die before he gets his treatment? All that good stuff.
So, the state’s shit at doing stuff then, we agreed?