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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."[email protected]