Family's fear dementia patient will be 'put in a home' against their wishes
- Credit: Terry Wheeler
A family fears a vulnerable relative with dementia will be taken out of hospital and put in a care home against their wishes.
Derek Buckley is in hospital after he was taken from his Wymondham home and sectioned on October 17 when he "failed" a mental health assessment performed by Norfolk County Council social workers — which the family claim was without their knowledge and left Derek distressed.
But given he was technically free to leave hospital when his sectioning order was successfully appealed by his brother-in-law and lasting power of attorney, John Reeves, his family say a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding order was placed on the 75-year-old.
The order and allows staff to keep Derek in the hospital for as long as is necessary.
But with his time there coming to an end his relatives are terrified any "discharge plan" will recommend putting Derek in a home.
Correspondence between the family and social services reveals that social workers are convinced this is the appropriate course of action and that "live-in care", which is what the family wants, is not feasible.
Family members disagree with this wholeheartedly.
Craig Chalmers, director of social work at Norfolk County Council, confirmed staff were in communication with Derek's family about the case.
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He added: "To date, an assessment of needs to support discharge planning [for Derek] has not been carried out from the current hospital admission.
"This will be carried out by the multi-disciplinary team when appropriate.
"We are not at the stage of making any decisions."
Mr Reeves said he was not trying to be obstructive.
He explained: "We want live-in care for Derek. We want him to have as good a quality of life for as long as he can.
"He loves going to his dementia club twice a week and popping to the local shops, or out for an Indians with me and his cousin Terry. We don't want to take that away from him until we absolutely have to.
"He watched his wife die in a care home.
"I understand if the live-in carer doesn't work, but I don't understand why we can't at least try it first. Nobody seems to be listening to us."