Family at wits’ end over home closure

Jean Bamford.
Jean Bamford.
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FAMILY members of a resident affected by the Dawsmere care home closure say they are “at their wits end” over plans to move her.

Jean Bamford (65), who has Parkinson’s disease and bipolar disorder, was due to be moved on Monday from the Maria Helena Care Home into a bungalow where she would be on her own, except for visits from carers.

The home is closing following the tragic deaths of its owners Jaswant Singh Beeharry (48) and his wife Isabel Ibanez-Mahiques (54). Inquests on the couple, whose bodies were found on the back seat of their black BMW in a lane near March, were opened and adjourned on Friday.

Daughter-in-law of the resident, Claire Bamford, said: “Jean needs 24-hour care – there is no way she should be put in a bungalow on her own.

“We have letters from doctors to back this up, but they are not being taken into account because she doesn’t tick the right boxes.

“She can’t walk unaided, relies on nurses to give her medicine every two hours and can’t even lift a kettle. What happens when she wants to go to the toilet during the night?”

Mrs Bamford (37), of Haywain Drive, Deeping St Nicholas, said Jean has been at the home for eight weeks.

She said: “Jean has been really happy there, but is very fragile mentally. When a social worker talked to her about the possibility of moving she got so upset it took nurses three hours to calm her down. She was sobbing – she told us, ‘I may as well not be here’.”

Nigel Sheridan, head of service at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Along with the other residents, Mrs Bamford (Jean) has been reassessed to determine the level of care she requires.

“Happily, this showed that her health is such that she is not in need of long-term care.

“Mrs Bamford was actually in the Maria Helena home for short-term care and we’ve successfully found her an equivalent placement.

“However, we are working hard to secure her a place in extra care housing, complete with additional support, so that all her needs are met.

“We appreciate that the family would prefer Mrs Bamford to progress to long-term care now and have met with them at length to discuss this.

“The family can, of course, fund this move themselves should they wish to do so and we will assess her again in the future to see if her needs and health have changed.”