Elderly man heartbroken by care delay

By Connie Osborne Thursday 23 January 2014 Updated: 24/01 08:58

AN ELDERLY man has been left in hospital for nine weeks because of a dispute over where he should be cared for.

Maurice Chavner, from Redstone Close in Church Hill, was admitted to the Alexandra Hospital with a water infection in the middle of November.

But despite his condition improving the 78-year-old remains in hospital because of a row over whether or not he should be cared for at home or at a nursing home.

His wife Janet, who looks after her husband with the help of carers, said he often got water infections but would normally be home in less than a week.

“About four weeks ago they called to say he would have to go into a nursing home for six weeks and they chose one in Alvechurch. I lived in Alvechurch for 25 years so I was happy with that,” she said.

“But then the social care team called again to say they wouldn’t fund it and he would have to go to Plymouth House in Tardebigge instead.”

After viewing the nursing home Mrs Chavner did not feel it was suitable for her husband’s needs and asked for him to come home where she could provide him with around the clock care.

But Worcestershire County Council, who is responsible for social care, said he was unable to go home because he was unsteady on his feet and would not be able to climb stairs.

“All I have to do is get Maurice up the stairs once. I have special bed rails and a bath lift, so I can help wash him,” Mrs Chavner said.

“He is basically bedridden, so he wouldn’t try and get up and down the stairs. I have a television upstairs and everything he needs is here.

“I can keep him safe and give him the 24 hour care he needs.”

She added while he remained in hospital she worried about him and was unhappy with his care because he was often dirty, wet and dehydrated.

He also contracted Cellulitis from a cannula wound and had his wedding ring stolen.

“I spoke to him and he told me his heart was breaking. I just want him home, it has been extremely stressful.”

Lindsey Webb, Worcestershire Acute Hospital’s chief nurse, said she was very sorry Mr and Mrs Chavner had not experienced the high standard of care expected in their hospitals.

“We are currently looking into all of the issues raised and will be working with our colleagues in social care and the family to plan Mr Chavner’s discharge.

“We have been in regular contact with Mrs Chavner and will continue to offer our support.”

A spokesman for Worcestershire County Council added while they did not discuss individual cases, the social care team would continue to work with the couple to find a solution.

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