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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
I saw this story in the paper, what do all think about it?

http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/news/sunday/2007/07/29/uncaring-98487-19537269/


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EXCLUSIVE Wealthy nursing home boss to evict frail Esme, 103, in row with council over the cost of looking after her SUNDAY Mirror RESPECT CAMPAIGN SHOW A LITLLE RESPECT TO OUR SENIORS
By Ross Slater 29/07/2007
A 103-YEAR-OLD great-great-grandmother is being evicted from her nursing home.

Frail Esme Collins, who is part-blind and cannot walk, has been in the home for the last eight years.

But the wealthy lawyer and his wife who own the home have served eviction papers on her - in a row with Social Services bosses about how much money is paid for her care.

Mark Sutters wants an extra £125 a week on the top of the £334 he already gets to look after Esme. But Social Services managers are adamant that the current fees are sufficient.

Last night Esme's 84-year-old daughter - also called Esme - said she feared her mother would not survive the upheaval of moving. She said: "We could scarcely believe our eyes when the eviction notice turned up. I fear that any move would kill her."

She added: "She doesn't deserve treatment like this. How can anyone who calls themselves a human being turf out a frail 103-year-old lady?"

But Sutters insists he has no option but to evict Esme because he is losing money on her care. "Our conscience is clean," he said. "We have met our obligations to this lady. This not a charity."

Sutters has given twice-married Esme - who has a grandson, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren - 28 days to clear out of the Abbeymoor Nursing Home in Worksop, Notts.

He said: "It's a very sad and regrettable decision all round. And it's not something that we have done lightly."

Esme's daughter said: "The stress has been terrible. Mum has osteoporosis and has broken almost every bone in her body. They say her bones are like chalk now.

"The idea of moving her seems cruel beyond belief.

"We haven't told Mum about all this but I think she knows something's up because she's not been smiling and normally she always smiles. She never complains but if she knew what they were trying to do to her she would call them '******s' - her only swear word.

"I have told Social Services and Mr Sutters that if I have to move my mother I will hold them responsible for her death."

The dispute centres on the level of care which Esme, a widow, is classed as needing.

Mr Sutters says Esme needs 24-hour nursing care. But Social Services managers at Nottinghamshire County Council are adamant that while she is "very dependent" she doesn't need round-the-clock nursing care. The two sides are expected to meet next week in a final attempt to seek a compromise.

A council spokesman said: "We are extremely concerned about the owners' decision to terminate the placement of Esme Collins. We have written to Abbeymoor's owners to express our concerns. We will continue to urge them to reconsider this action and provide the residential care that Esme is assessed as needing."

Gordon Lishman, of Age Concern, said: "In situations where there is a financial disagreement between the local authority and care home, the needs of the older person need to be the priority. Forcing someone to leave the care home they are in could have a devastating effect on their physical and emotional health. Problems must be resolved without forcing vulnerable older people out of the care they are in.

"We urge the Government to act quickly to give the protection of the Human Rights Act to people living in private care homes to help prevent such situations."

Annie Stevenson, of Help the Aged, said: "I can't believe this is happening to a woman of 103. This is absolutely unacceptable."

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#1
Thats disgracefull!!! £334 per week? how many people bring up a family on that? never mind the cost of looking after 1 lady!

say theres 10 living at this care home, 334x10 (income per week 3340) x 52 = £173680 annual income. your not telling me overhead and the pitance he pays these "nurses" comes to that?

Is this patient not allowing him to cream his profits as much as he'd like? what a vvanker! and why only this lady being eveicted? what about the others?

on a seperate note, she's got the biggest hands I've ever seen
#2
Wow yeah noticed that.

Greed of some people nowdays, thats more than a couple on minimum wage gets
#3
My mum works for a Nursing home with a contract with the local council for rental of all the beds to them, i think its a 5 year contract and i know for a fact they pay more than £334 to the nursing home.

My grandad is in a nursing home and his works out at about £600 a week i believe, you need to realise that most of the people in these nursing homes have very little mobility and so require help with anything they do meaning that there must be a lot of staff on hand at any time. Even at night there are 2-4 staff working (all getting paid a premium) so it cant really be compared to bringing up a family.
#4
Tbh I think the owner of the home suffers a bias merely for being a lawyer - The council thinks she only needs basic care - he believes she needs 24/7 nursing. It's not up to him to decide perhaps but would you rather pay extra to help a 103 year old obtain some quality of life or let a little old lady suffer due to insufficient provision. The owner might look bad but it's the council refusing to pay up & with hindsight the threatened eviction may well have been a tactic to make the council cough up than a real eviciton order.
#5
Titchimp
My mum works for a Nursing home with a contract with the local council for rental of all the beds to them, i think its a 5 year contract and i know for a fact they pay more than £334 to the nursing home.

My grandad is in a nursing home and his works out at about £600 a week i believe, you need to realise that most of the people in these nursing homes have very little mobility and so require help with anything they do meaning that there must be a lot of staff on hand at any time. Even at night there are 2-4 staff working (all getting paid a premium) so it cant really be compared to bringing up a family.


I agree,, the late father in law was in care and it was a lot more than £334
#6
MinstrelMan

on a seperate note, she's got the biggest hands I've ever seen


she may have marfan syndrome like me!!!! (we all have rather large hands!!!:giggle: )

terrible story this, would they do the same to their mother/nana? how greedy are some people? i dont know how they sleep at night!!!
#7
Just Disgraceful, Where is the respect in that, She should have squatters rights! :roll:
#8
Looks like the local council are at fault to me,

Anyway, bless her heart, I hope it is all sorted for her, she has been through 2 World Wars, she deserves better.
#9
Heck, Its Nottinghamshire County Council for you
They pulled an old door out of a skip to put on a classroom at our school:\
#10
Thats discusting.

And to what t0mm said, hahaha. At least you had doors on your rooms, we had a class room at our school, just left school though, which wasn't there for 2 years. And the teacher didn't help, she'd let you sit on you, have people shouting every word under the sun in at her :)
banned#11
jamesterror
Thats discusting.

And to what t0mm said, hahaha. At least you had doors on your rooms, we had a class room at our school, just left school though, which wasn't there for 2 years. And the teacher didn't help, she'd let you sit on you, have people shouting every word under the sun in at her :)


At least you can blame that for spelling disgusting with a c!
#12
JDeal
At least you can blame that for spelling disgusting with a c!


I'm tired.

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