Having had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 30 years Marilyn,
60, is now completely dependent on other people's support. When she
deteriorated she used the local authority care services more and
more. This could only be provided in her own home.
She first heard about self-directed support in 2008 but it took
over 12 months to switch to an individual budget. Now she can
choose who provides her support and take that person with her on
trips to the theatre or shopping for example.
Now that Marilyn has officially reached retirement age she
thinks that it is more important than ever to have the freedom to
follow her interests, wherever they take her. Nobody should have to
face isolation as they grow older. Being in control lets her
plan a more fulfilled life than she could have ever dreamt of as a
recipient of domiciliary care services.
Marilyn has made presentations for In Control and Mencap.