Hope for paralysed woman over care problems

Linda Cottingham and her husband, Barry at their Westfield, Sheffield home.
Linda Cottingham and her husband, Barry at their Westfield, Sheffield home.
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A DISABLED Sheffield woman unhappy about changes to her care arrangements has been offered help by a city-based advice service.

Linda Cottingham, aged 54, of Westfield, who is paralysed from the waist down, has been told she will receive a personalised budget for her care from the council and must shop around to find a provider – when she wants to remain with the council’s in-house Care4You service.

Sheffield Council said it is now restricting the service to people who are deemed incapable of being able to arrange their own care, or those who need a specialist service not available from other providers.

After reading about Linda’s concerns in The Star Kim Hanson, of My Budget Brokerage came forward to offer her help.

The not-for-profit advice service based at the Coleridge Resource Centre, Darnall – has pledged to give Linda a helping hand, free of charge.

Kim said: “There are a lot of people like Linda who social services are pushing towards having personal care budgets and are unsure of how to find the right alternative provider – and we are there to help.”

n For information about the organisation, visit www.mybudgetbrokerage.org or call 0114 243 2363.