Elizabeth Orr

Who Can Care For Me Now

Elizabeth Orr is the first to admit that she had no knowledge of the realities of caring for someone desperately ill in the UK. That was until she found her brother, Norman, collapsed on the bathroom floor. Overnight, Elizabeth was catapulted into the medical and care worlds as she battled to support her brother. The learning curve was vertical, as Elizabeth struggled with the litany of paperwork, red tape, finance issues, and working with myriad NHS departments and resources required to keep her brother alive. Who Can Care For Me Now? charts Elizabeth and Norman’s emotional journey through this complex care system — in hospital, at a neurological nursing home, and receiving care at home — from his initial collapse to his untimely death, just twenty months later. Elizabeth hopes to raise awareness, not just of the daily sacrifices made by carers everywhere, but also of the devastating affects of brain disease — and to stimulate much-needed conversation about how we provide care, and how we must improve it.
182 printed pages
Original publication



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