I have a meeting with my social worker and her manager today about what kind of care I need. I don't have an advocate at the moment or anyone else to support me, so I will be alone. I don't feel up to speaking to anyone so I have written everything down. I feel as though my social worker doesn't listen to me and she is hardly ever there and i have been left without any care at all for two weeks. I don't feel comfortable with any of the care companies that she has sent to my flat. They don't prompt me with anything, don't help much and don't seem to know much about autism. One member of staff just sat on the couch the whole time writing in the file and when I asked her to help me once, she just stood there looking at me not doing anything and when I had a meltdown once, she just ignored me
I was with the police and paramedics last night due to suicidal thoughts and having panic attacks over a hospital procedure that I have to have next Monday as abnormal cells have been found in my cervix and I have a virus. It might be my exes fault and his ex girlfriends fault as his exes cheated on him but he stayed with them and then was with me. I feel that I was vulnerable being intimate with him and if I wasn't living alone, it wouldn't have happened. I am trying to get in to supported housing for people with Autism at the moment. I had only recently got back on speaking terms with my mum and grandmother too but when I was distressed last night, my mum kept putting the phone down. She was also supposed to come and see me but she didn't and I had a meltdown. My family don't understand autism.as I was diagnosed late, three years ago at the age of 31, and they have never read about the condition. My flat hasn't been cleaned for weeks, I can't cook and haven't been eating much and I can't get out of the flat without having someone else with me. My mum has problems with her heart and blood pressure and has to be monitored every two weeks and monitors herself at home. My dad lives further away, about forty five minutes away. He is much older than my mum and has been ill himself. He had a mini stroke last year and my stepmother is very ill too. My mum also takes care of my grandmother. I feel like I have no where to turn. I would like to write a letter to my MP. The national Autistic Society sent me a very helpful email with places to contact but I need help contacting them. I wish I had friends with autism that I knew in person.
Hi Bethy. I wondered how you'd been getting on. I think it's good that the meeting is happening and that you have written things down in preparation.
The checkup sounds pretty normal and nothing to worry about. Is the virus you refer to HPV? That's very common (I think about a third of people have it), and there's now a vaccine against it. I hope the health professionals are friendly and understand, like the dentists. Maybe you could get other help with your anxiety about your health, though? Have you ever had Cognitive Behaviour Therapy adapted for autism?
I wonder if the social workers can explain things about your autism to your family? As you mention, it sounds like an advocate might also be helpful.
I'm in tears. I am still not being listened to. They won't increase my hours yet, they won't apply for supported housing for me and they were putting me down. They left me in my flat being a mess. I am so depressed and anxious.
I am so depressed at the moment. I had a meltdown and cried during the meeting yesterday. I was exhausted afterwards and slept for a long time. I would like to try the CBT for autism . How can I get that?. I don't know how to solve everything else. I feel like I am stuck in a situation that I can't get out of. I don't like this flat or the area. I might not have enough money to move to another council flat or private flat. I suppose I could do a flat swap, but I'm not sure if I could move in to any flat or just another council one. I could move in to one that's partly or fully furnished.
I am sorry to hear that you are feeling down. If you want to apply for CBT you can ask your doctor for a referral, or in some areas of England you can self refer. To see if you can self-refer in your area click here to find out. Sometimes you can ask for a telephone assessment, this may be best so that you can explain exactly what you would like to address. Otherwise these sessions can be for things like general depression. I hope you start to feel better soon.
Thanks Graham. I will look in to CBT. Do you know if there is any other way that I could apply for supported housing?. I really don't feel comfortable with the care company that I had recently coming back next week. They have left me without care for almost three weeks and I don't think they can help with my needs. I read about a lovely supported housing place for people with Autism. The social worker and her manager said they want to see if I engage with the care company who come to my flat.
I have no knowledge of supported housing. However, I imagine that you and your care company have some sort of agreement about frequency of visits, and general level of care they are contracted to provide. If they are falling short of their commitments, you have the right to ask that they adhere to them.
As for alternatives you may find some suggestions here, here and here. I suspect that - like everything these days - housing provision and care is subject to a post code lottery. If you can find any local groups on the internet, it may be best to contact them. Good luck. Graham.
I viewed a supported living home yesterday. There are people with Autism and other disabilities living there. There are self contained flats there with a bathroom, bedroom and kitchen, and a communal lounge downstairs with staff in house all the time. The flat there is smaller than the one I am in now. I just hope they offer the right support. I have to have an assessment there next week to see if everything is suitable.
I’m sorry I haven’t replied sooner, I didn’t receive a notification that you had posted again.
First of all good luck with your assessment at the supported living home. I don’t know what sort of questions they will ask, but I assume they will be about your struggles with daily tasks, and how much support you need. Will your social worker be with you?
With regards to filling out a PIP form, again I would ask your social worker to help you with that. There is some advice about how to fill the form in here and here. You can also get free help in filling out the form from your local Citizens Advice and from your local Mind.
The supervisor said that the support worker had said that she went to the supermarket with me today but that is a lie. She just sat on the couch for almost three hours and all she did was empty my bin in the kitchen sink, which gave me a meltdown as it's where food and dishes go in. I'm so frustrated that I am left in this situation. I need help making phone calls to people too, such as citizens advice, mind, etc. I'm also nervous in case the staff in the supported home can't offer much of the right support too.
Your support worker is obviously not doing their job properly, If you get your supported living accommodation that should help solve that problem. If your social worker can’t help you with your PIP form I should ask them about getting an advocate. You can find out what an advocate does here.
Thanks for the advice on the PIP form and an advocate. Do you think it sounds silly having a meltdown over the support worker emptying the water from my bin in to the sink?.
No, I don't think it's silly. If someone who was supposed to be helping me emptied a bin into my sink I'd certainly have something to say about it. I hope the supported housing visit goes well for you.
I don't think it's silly either, and if you have a meltdown ho have a meltdown. Most people I know have sort of invisible hygiene lines in their homes, although you hardly ever think about them because you're used to them. Like not using the same cloth to clean the kitchen as the bathroom. The bin is usually the dirtiest thing, dirtier than the floor, which is of course dirtier than food surfaces, so you'd think it would be emptied into an outdoor bin or down an outside drain. If someone comes in and breaks those lines... well I know what my mum would say.
I hope you find good supported accommodation where people can get to know you properly. I think you probably want people around you who can help you with practical tasks, like making phone calls, in your own way, rather than doing things their way without asking. Pretty much what I want too!