Great-gran, 78, is being evicted from her care home after 'unauthorised' visit with cop daughter through patio door
A GREAT-gran is being evicted from her care home after an "unauthorised" visit with her cop daughter through a patio door.
Dementia sufferer Elizabeth Bow is due to leave Aspen Hill Village in Leeds, after a "breakdown" in relations between her family and the care home.
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The 78-year-old was visited by her daughter, who chatted with her through an open door.
Denise Hobbs told the Daily Express: "My mum is being evicted because I love her and want to see her."
The 53-year-old said she has been left "anxious and upset" after being told she breached coronavirus "visiting policy".
She is convinced her mum is a victim of "revenge eviction over comments posted on Facebook", but this has been categorically denied by the manager of the care home.
Aspen Hill Village director Dr Shahz Ahmed said: "We operate an open-door policy and the manager welcomes all residents and their families to raise concerns directly.
"Unfortunately, our continued reasonable requests to adhere to our visiting policy… has led to an irreconcilable breakdown in our relationship with Mrs Bow's family."
Ms Bow, a great-grandmother-of-12, worked as a nurse and carer until she retired.
She moved into Aspen Hill on April 29, with a room opening onto a patio to allow visits. Her children visited daily, chatting through a window opened by a carer.
CARE HOME CRISIS
But Ms Hobbs made an unscheduled visit on October 4 after seeing the window was open, and was told she couldn't be there by staff.
Across the country, Brits in homes have been barred from meaningful contact for the past eight months. The rules have left them unable to hug or hold hands with loved ones.
The most vulnerable have been told they can only wave at husbands, wives or children through windows.
It comes after a care home called the police after a 75-year-old woman sneaked in to get her husband following eight months apart.
Patricia Hodges had been denied visits to her 83-year-old husband Graham at Wayside House in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, since the beginning of the Pandemic in March.
The 75-year-old wanted to move her husband to a different care home after months of being unable to see him and over a row about fees.
Last week the Government vowed to ring-fence thousands of Covid swab tests to ensure families can visit their relatives in care homes this Christmas.
Matt Hancock offered hope to millions – days after campaigners warned 'loneliness can kill' as vulnerable people begin to give up hope.
The Health Secretary said a pilot scheme at 20 homes will end the need for "prison-style" plastic screens.
Earlier this month, as England's new lockdown began, the Government said care home visits could only take place outside, through windows or in PPE-covered pods.
But on November 14, the Department of Health confirmed a new scheme will start on Monday, with the aim of allowing indoor visits.
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