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I want to stop other care homes from being able to remove people like my mum at will.
Few families are aware that the Human Rights Act can prevent an attempted removal by privately run care homes. I think that the courts need to make the protections clear for elderly and vulnerable residents of privately run care homes.
On Friday 18th December 2015 my sister and I were called to a meeting with the owners and manager of “Merrie Loots Residential Farm” mum’s private care home in Essex to discuss concerns that I had raised in a feedback survey. On the same day, an hour before mum’s annual NHS Continuing Care Assessment (in which the care home confirmed that they were able to meet my mum’s care needs), mum was issued with a 28 day Notice to Quit the home. I was told that mum was being removed because a carer said she was on tenterhooks when I was there and was refusing to work with me any longer.
The owners said they were “exercising our right to give you 28 days notice“.
We had no prior warning
We simply could not believe that this would be allowed to happen. Mum had lived in the care home for more than 6 years and was in the latter stages of her dementia. We had been advised by her psychiatrist that a move would be very dangerous given her health at the time. We trusted “the system” but Mum’s needs were not prioritised and her “End of Life Care Plan” was ignored.
Mum was a long term resident and one would expect there to be really strong grounds for any move at the final stage of her life. You would imagine that ALL care home residents have the right to continuity of care and their own wishes respected but this is NOT the case.
Mum was removed on 23rd February 2016 and died exactly 7 weeks later.
IT MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN
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