Pensioner wins right to stay in Mansfield home

Roy Priest and his daughter Tracey Baxter
Roy Priest and his daughter Tracey Baxter
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A frail Mansfield pensioner who feared he would be sent home despite experts insisting he needed full-time care has won his case.

Roy Priest (84) 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.

But despite healthcare professionals saying he needed round-the-clock care, social workers had originally said he was fit to go home to his Westfield Lane bungalow.

His daughter Tracey contacted Chad in September about the situation, saying she would fight for him to stay, and after receiving the good news that he would remain at Maun View, she said: “It’s taken a while but we got there.

“He was crying, I was crying and everybody in the home was crying. It’s such a relief.”

Mr Priest feared he would be sent home once he recovered from his fall, but he needs regular medication to keep his Parkinson’s under control, something which he struggled to do on his own.

He also needs to wear an oxygen mask for sleep apnea, which needs monitoring throughout the night in case it slips from his face. Without it he could suffocate.

Garry McKay, group manager for older adults of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Mr Priest was initially provided with a placement as a short term measure, with a view to him returning home with a support package.

“After a further assessment, the county council has decided to provide a full-time placement in residential care.

“Generally speaking, older people tell us they prefer to retain their independence in their own home and the council’s policy is always to support this whenever possible.

“The council can provide a wide range of measures to support older people in their own home, including home care services, meals on wheels and assistive technology or a placement in an extra care property, where appropriate.

“However, the wishes of the older person and their family are also taken into consideration and in this case, we are happy to support Mr Priest with a full-time placement at Maun View.”