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Cornish Vulnerable Face Losing Carers

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 13th March 2012.

More than fifty vulnerable adults in west Cornwall face losing their carers.

Redruth firm Polsloe has cancelled its contract with the council.

Robert Preston from Camborne suffers from diabetes, Parkinson, Paget's disease and a crushed spine. He relies on the service: "If you get one or two carers regularly, you can build up a friendship and get close to them. I can talk to the regular ones quite easily and ask them anything and they'll be fine, but now it's all changed.

"I'm totally happy with the actual carers, it's the service that company supplies. They give them a list of where to go and what times, and they haven't been keeping to the times. It means I'm stuck in bed an extra few hours, and can't get up."

Cornwall Council insists it is looking for a replacement. A spokesperson said: "Currently, around 55 people receive home care services from the agency that are funded by Adult Care and Support. We wrote to them all to explain the situation and the process for rearranging their care package with an alternative provider.

"This is a difficult time for everyone concerned, and we will do everything possible to make sure there is no interruption in service during the changeover. We are also offering any further help and assistance we can give to those affected and their families through this period."

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