Will pensioner be forced to move to get care?

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I COULD be forced to move to get better care services – that’s the fear of a 70-year-old Kirkintilloch man.

Last week the Herald reported how a Kirkintilloch personal carer had been told she would need to start working in Milngavie or face redundancy from the job she had “loved” for more than 18 years.

The woman, who does not drive, claimed that she would need to get up at around 4.30am in order to get to work on time and would sometimes be forced to function on just three hours of sleep.

She has accused the council of trying to “get rid of her” and says the people she currently cares for in Kirkintilloch would suffer because of the changes.

Now a 70-year-old Kirkintilloch care user has added his voice to the increasing protests.

He told the Herald: “I’m happy with what I have now and don’t want it to change. I don’t want a different carer and I know she doesn’t want to work elsewhere.

“I know they have to save money, but if these changes happen I’m going to have four or five different people through my door every few days.”

The man, who receives care seven days a week, added: “At the moment I almost feel like moving house to a different council area so I could get better care.”

Tony Keogh, the council’s head of social work, insisted that the restructure would “offer an improved provision for residents in East Dunbartonshire who are accessing the service” and added that the process was not yet complete.

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