"My mother has dementia, she's not 'daft'"
About: Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust / Patient transport service Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust Patient transport service Chippenham SN15 1GG
Posted by Jester388 (as ),
My mother has severe disabilities, including dementia. We were collected by the transport ambulance, from Winterbourne. My mum had an appointment at Bristol Eye Hospital, and I was going with her as a carer, to help her.
The driver seemed nice to us, but when we collected the next passenger, I was shcoked! The next passenger asked if she could bring a carer with her, but the driver told her she wasn't allowed, saying that you aren't allowed a carer unless you're "blind, deaf or daft".
Everyone seemed to find this funny - even the new passenger laughed.
I was so upset by this. It seemed so insensitive - even cruel! As a carer for my mother, who has dementia and is very unwell, this was devastating. I supposed she thinks my mother is one of these 'daft' people. What a terrible way to speak.