14/10/09 Mum’s ‘constant battle’

Mum’s ‘constant battle’ to get care her son needs

A mother desperate to get her son the care he needs says she is in a constant battle with social services.

Adam Wade-Crittle, who lives in Fiskerton, was born with a rare chromosome condition and his parents were told he only had a year to live.

Now 19, he needs round-the-clock care.

His mother Linda Taylor said: “Since Adam turned 18 we haven’t had a physiotherapist and we haven’t has an occupational therapist for years.

“After the Echo got involved we were phoned by social services and they said they would provide an occupational therapist but I don’t know when.

“We desperately need one and at the moment we don’t have anything.

“We always had to fight for things but now I feel like they are just not bothered about him.”

Social services provided equipment for Adam when he was a child but this stopped when he turned 18.

He was born with two holes in his heart, and has defects with his kidneys, spine, and chromosomes which mean he suffers from epilepsy, has feeding difficulties and is severely mentally and physically disabled.

Nigel Sheridan, assistant director for Adult Social Care at the Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We spoke to Mrs Taylor yesterday and we will be reviewing Adam’s needs and contacting the health department for their input.

“It seems the issues causing Mrs Taylor the most concern is that her son is no longer receiving the physiotherapy service that he was receiving before and we will be speaking about this further in order to support Mrs Taylor.”