Frail Mansfield pensioner in fight to stay at care home

Roy Priest and his daughter Tracey Baxter are fighting to prevent Roy being sent home from Maun View Care Home in Mansfield, despite doctors saying he should stay.
Roy Priest and his daughter Tracey Baxter are fighting to prevent Roy being sent home from Maun View Care Home in Mansfield, despite doctors saying he should stay.
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A frail Mansfield pensioner is facing being sent home from a care home, despite health experts insisting he needs full-time care.

Roy Priest, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, has an enlarged heart and has sleep apnea, has been cared for at Maun View Care Home, on Chesterfield Road South, following a fall at home.

And although healthcare professionals have each assessed the 84-year-old and said he needs round-the-clock care, social workers from Nottinghamshire County Council insist he is fit to return to his Westfield Lane bungalow.

His daughter, Tracey Baxter, has been fighting to have the decision overturned.

“Social services have done nothing but mess him about,” she explained.

“All of these healthcare professionals have said he needs looking after 24-hours-a-day because he needs medication. How can social services override what they say?”

Tracey says the oxygen mask he wears to combat his sleep apnea can often slip from his face and needs checking through the night, which would not happen at home.

He also needs to take medication for his Parkinson’s must be taken at specific times, but his uncontrollable shaking makes it difficult for him to take it himself.

Tracey added: “Basically, they are sending home to fall again. How dangerous has that fall got to be for them to take notice?

“I’m angry, we want him to stay here where he is safe and is petrified of going home.”

Garry McKay from Nottinghamshire County Council’s adult social care and health department, said: “We are keen to carry out a thorough assessment of Mr Priest and will be working with his family to decide how best to do this.

“This assessment will help identify the best long-term option for him whether it be a permanent residential placement or a return home with a care package that meets his needs.”