November 24, 2020

Great-gran, 78, is being evicted from her care home after ‘unauthorised’ visit with cop daughter through pat – The Sun

http://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13218074/great-gran-evicted-care-home-daughter-visit/

A GREAT-gran is being evicted from her care home after an “unauthorised” visit with her cop daughter through a patio door.

Dementia sufferer Elizabeth Bow is due to leave Aspen Hill Village in Leeds, after a “breakdown” in relations between her family and the care home.

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Elizabeth Bow is being evicted after her daughter made an 'unauthorised' visit

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Elizabeth Bow is being evicted after her daughter made an ‘unauthorised’ visitCredit: Twitter
Elizabeth Bow and her daughter Denise Hobbs posing in happier times pre-Covid restrictions

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Elizabeth Bow and her daughter Denise Hobbs posing in happier times pre-Covid restrictions Credit: Facebook

The 78-year-old was visited by her daughter, who chatted with her through an open door.

Denise Hobbs told the Daily Express: “My mum is being evicted because I love her and want to see her.”

The 53-year-old said she has been left “anxious and upset” after being told she breached coronavirus “visiting policy”.

She is convinced her mum is a victim of “revenge eviction over comments posted on Facebook”, but this has been categorically denied by the manager of the care home.

Denise said: “I have completely lost trust in the home, I don’t see how they can justify a decision like this.

“My mum is innocent but has become the victim. While this pandemic was going on we had permission to go and see my mum, but then it stopped all of a sudden.

“All I want to do is see my mum, having that contact is so important. Now it’s gone.”

Aspen Hill Village director Dr Shahz Ahmed said: “It is with considerable regret that we had to ask the resident to leave Aspen Hill Village.  Asking a resident to leave their home is never a decision that we take lightly.

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“The resident was asked to leave because her family refuses to comply with our visiting policy.  We appreciate that restrictions placed on visiting is exceptionally difficult for our residents and their loved ones.

“Unfortunately, our reasonable requests to adhere to our visiting policy has led to an irreconcilable breakdown in our relationship with the resident’s family.”

A spokesman for the home said Elizabeth will not be evicted today, as previously reported, and that they are working with the council to find an “alternative placement”.

Ms Bow, a great-grandmother-of-12, worked as a nurse and carer until she retired.

She moved into Aspen Hill on April 29, with a room opening onto a patio to allow visits. Her children visited daily, chatting through a window opened by a carer.

All I want to do is see my mum, having that contact is so important. Now it’s gone.

Denise Hobbs

But Ms Hobbs made an unscheduled visit on October 4 after seeing the window was open, and was told she couldn’t be there by staff.

Across the country, Brits in homes have been barred from meaningful contact for the past eight months. The rules have left them unable to hug or hold hands with loved ones.

The most vulnerable have been told they can only wave at husbands, wives or children through windows.

It comes after a care home called the police after a 75-year-old woman sneaked in to get her husband following eight months apart.

Last week the Government vowed to ring-fence thousands of Covid swab tests to ensure families can visit their relatives in care homes this Christmas.

Matt Hancock offered hope to millions – days after campaigners warned ‘loneliness can kill’ as vulnerable people begin to give up hope.

The Health Secretary said a pilot scheme at 20 homes will end the need for “prison-style” plastic screens.

Earlier this month, as England’s new lockdown began, the Government said care home visits could only take place outside, through windows or in PPE-covered pods.

But on November 14, the Department of Health confirmed a new scheme will start on Monday, with the aim of allowing indoor visits.

Mrs Hobbs revealed her mum was due to be evicted

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Mrs Hobbs revealed her mum was due to be evictedCredit: Twitter
Aspen Hill Village in Leeds says staff have had a breakdown in relations with Mrs Bow's family

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Aspen Hill Village in Leeds says staff have had a breakdown in relations with Mrs Bow’s familyCredit: Google Maps

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