Dementia sufferer, Maggie Blackwell, 83, was evicted from her care home in Grantham, Lincolnshire after failing to come up with funds of £136,000 in her bank account.
It was after the period that Ms Blackwell underwent surgery for a broken hip following a fall. Upon her return from Lincoln Hospital to the care home where she resided, she was informed that she had to supply proof of two years’ worth of care funds in her bank account.
Ms Blackwell, who was previously cared for by a live-in carer, was given two days to organise the funds. Failure to do this would result in the care home cancelling the contract and she would have to leave.
Explaining the situation with the care home, Ms Blackwell’s son Andy, 58, says:
“We took her to [the care home] which seemed to be going quite well, then we decided to sell her house and get the money together for everything. We showed [the care home] that the house had been sold and it was going through the process. Then mum fell and broke her hip, so she went into Lincoln Hospital and had an operation. When we took her back to [the care home], they said she had to show two years’ worth of funds in her bank or they were going to cancel the contract. This was on the Wednesday and they gave us until the Friday to get £136,000 into her bank account.”
Andy went on to add:
“We pointed out that she already had £55,000. So she was more than capable of paying for her immediate care needs. We ended up in a situation where Lincoln Hospital couldn’t discharge her in the middle of a pandemic. Because her care home wouldn’t take her back.”
Andy has since managed to find a new care home in Grantham for his mother. Regarding Ms Blackwell’s dementia battle, Andy explains:
“She’s usually active and can talk. She’s not there, but she’s quite actively not there.”
Ms Blackwell’s life expectancy is a few weeks.