Dementia patient, 83, kicked out of care home after family told to find £136,000

Maggie Blackwell was admitted to Newton House Care Home in Lincolnshire before she went into hospital – but her family were told she couldn’t return unless they could prove she could afford treatment

A woman living with dementia was kicked out of her care home after a hospital trip – because she didn’t have enough money in the bank.

Maggie Blackwell, 83, was admitted to Newton House Care Home after her situation became too difficult for her live-in carer to deal with.

The octogenarian was in the process of selling her house with the help of son Andy Blackwell, 58, when she fell and broke her hip, requiring an operation.

And it was while Maggie was in hospital that problems with the care home in Grantham, Lincolnshire surfaced – when they asked for proof she could pay for two years of care.

Andy told Lincolnshire Live : “We took her to Newton House, which seemed to be going quite well.

“Then we decided to sell her house and get the money together for everything.

“We showed Newton House that the house had been sold and it was going through the process.

“Then mum fell and broke her hip, so she went into Lincoln Hospital and had an operation.”

Mr Blackwell said that despite being able to prove they’d be able to pay for more than two years of care, Newton House told him that his mum wouldn’t be able to stay any longer.

He said: “When we took her back to Newton House, they said she had to show two years’ worth of funds in her bank or they were going to cancel the contract.

“This was on the Wednesday and they gave us until the Friday to get £136,000 into her bank account [to pay for her care for the next two years].

“We pointed out that she already had £55,000 so she was more than capable of paying for her immediate care needs.

“Also, they knew that as soon as she had the money for her house, it would raise more than £136,000.

“They were adamant they wouldn’t do it.

“We ended up in a situation where Lincoln Hospital couldn’t discharge her in the middle of a pandemic because her care home wouldn’t take her back.”

Eventually, Andy said he found a care home that took Maggie in, which was OSJCT Apple Trees Care Home, also in Grantham.

But he added that her speech seemed to fade away from spending more time than necessary in the hospital.

“I couldn’t understand. She’s usually active and can talk. She’s not there, but she’s quite actively not there,” he said.

“When we took her to Apple Trees, they said she’s catatonic and they couldn’t look after her. She couldn’t even swallow.

“We rushed her into Grantham Hospital and they said she should’ve never been discharged.”

Maggie is now back at Apple Trees after treatment at the hospital.

Andy said he’s now “waiting for the inevitable” and Maggie is only expected to live for a few more weeks.

A spokesperson from Newton House Care Home said: “At Newton House Care Home our focus is on delivering high-quality care to all of our residents, from respite care to long term stays and our admission process is a key part of that, including detailed care assessments and understanding the needs of the individual resident.

“We cannot comment on individual cases but we can say that to avoid disrupting care due to financial reasons, we ask for proof of sufficient funds for two years as a standard term of a permanent contract.

“We understand that it can be an unsettling time for some families and we work closely to support them and ensure transparency throughout the process. We are sorry that we are unable to offer a permanent place in this case.”