Budget cuts get war hero – 93 – home emergency cord bill

A war hero and his wife have been ordered to pay a weekly fee for the emergency cord at their sheltered accommodation because of council budget cuts.

Roger Turner, 93, and Barbara 90, are terrified of what will happen if they fall over and cannot call for help.

But the company which manages the sheltered housing now wants the great-grandparents to pay an extra £2.71 a week..

Emergency CordRAF serviceman Roger, who spent five years in North Africa during the Second World war, said: “If we both took a fall, it could be 24 hours before anyone found us. It’s a matter of life and death.”

“The whole situation is outrageous. To think we have been here all these years and this happens all of a sudden. It’s a case of pay or get out.

“When I fell last month it was 20 minutes before I could even get up to reach the cord.

“If I’d been left lying there without it who know what would have happened?”

Roger is partially sighted and suffers from mobility problems while Barbara has suffered two strokes, walks with a stick, is deaf and has arthritis in her hands.

Both have fallen in their flat in Worcester and have pulled the cord multiple times.

When the alarm is activated a medic is immediately dispatched to check on the residents.

The couple, who have lived in the flat in Worcester for 30 years, will have to scrimp to pay the fee from a combined pension of £192.

Peter Gill, of Fortis Living, said Worcestshire county council previously funded the service. He said: “This situation has occured due to budget cuts.”

“We don’t have to guess why the cuts – what we have to guess is how far they will go”

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Justice for 91 year-old – Locked Up in Dementia Unit

Essex County Council should be thoroughly ashamed after keeping a 91 year-old man in a LOCKED dementia unit against his wishes for 17 months.

This was despite his repeated insistence that he wanted to go home and expert advice that said he was capable of deciding where to live.

Thankfully the tireless work of a friend means that the man has been returned home to be reunited with his beloved cat Fluffy and awarded £60,000 in damages by a judge.

locked upThe social workers who effectively imprisoned the man for no reason did so without a shred of respect for his dignity. He was taken from his home of 50 years while wearing his dressing gown and no trousers.

This is indicative of a social care system that all too often completely fails to demonstrate common sense and compassion. This is especially the case for the elderly and those with dementia who are frequently not given the standard of treatment they deserve.

As the judge rightly said the council’s conduct was “reprehensible”. They deprived the man of his liberty and subjected him to a cruel and lengthy ordeal.

It is horrifying to think of others who find themselves in the same position but are not fortunate enough to have friends or family willing and able to take on the authorities.

“County councils and local authorities have for far too long been untouchable and not brought to book on many issues where questioning is deserved. Have you ever thought you could “take them on” over an issue you were not happy with?