Gran ‘evicted’ from care home over daughter’s ‘unauthorised’ visit rushed to hospital

A great-gran was rushed to hospital the same day she was originally due to be ‘evicted’ from her care home (Image: Denise Hobbs / SWNS)

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A dementia-stricken great-gran was rushed to hospital with a chest infection the same day she was supposed to be "evicted" from her care home.

Elizabeth Bow, 78, was ordered to leave Aspen Hill Village in Leeds, West Yorkshire, due to "unauthorised visits" from her daughter which were alleged to be in breach of the home's current Covid-19 visiting policies.

The ex-nurse and great-grandmother of 12 was on Tuesday struck down with a chest infection and admitted to A&E, where she was placed on antibiotics and oxygen.

Her daughter Denise Hobbs, 53, who works as a police officer, said her mum's condition is improving but she is "done" with Aspen Hill Village.

Elizabeth was allegedly handed an eviction notice over her daughter's repeated failures to comply with the home's visiting policies
(Image: Denise Hobbs / SWNS)

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She said the family has "lost trust" in the management and believes her mum has fallen "victim" to their policy.

The eviction was initially due to take place on Tuesday but a home spokesman said her stay could continue while an "alternative placement" was sought.

Denise, who is married with no children, said: "Mum is in hospital now being treated for a chest infection.

Elizabeth was rushed to the A&E when she was struck by a chest infection on Tuesday
(Image: Denise Hobbs / SWNS)

"After everything else this is an additional stress and worry which she, or us, didn't need.

"Luckily mum seems to be okay and getting better so hopefully we can get her out soon.

"As far as I'm concerned she is done at Aspen Hill now, I don't want her to go back there after everything they have done.

"We'll find somewhere else for her to go."

Denise said she had been in touch with a care home in Castleford and is hopeful her mum will end up there after being discharged from hospital.

Denise said the eviction put 'additional stress' on her mother who has already overcome coronavirus, a stroke and cancer
(Image: Alex Cousins / SWNS)

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Speaking earlier in the week, she said: "I have completely lost trust in the home, I don't see how they can justify a decision like this.

"My mum is innocent but has become the victim."

According to Aspen Hill, Elizabeth was ordered to leave the home because her family "refuses to comply" with their visiting policy.

Denise is said to have broken the rules by trying to speak to her mum through an open patio door on October 4.

According to her, she received a phone call from the home on the 20th to say her mum was being evicted.

Denise is said to have broken the rules by trying to speak to her mum through an open patio door last month
(Image: Alex Cousins / SWNS)

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Speaking earlier in the week, Denise said: "While this pandemic was going on we had permission to go and see my mum, but then it stopped all of a sudden.

"All I want to do is see my mum, having that contact is so important. Now it's gone."

Denise said she has "no problem" with the carers, who have been "amazing".

She added: "The carers are great and I know this breaks their hearts as well.

"It's the management who I have an issue with, they're the ones who are making the decisions."

Great-gran-of-12 Elizabeth worked as a nurse in Scotland, her home country, before operating as a carer in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

She moved to Aspen Hill in Leeds on April 29, where she had a patio room meaning her family could visit through the window.

Shortly before that Elizabeth defeated coronavirus and she has previously overcome cancer and a stroke.

Denise said she has "lost trust" in the care home and her mum will not be going back
(Image: Alex Cousins / SWNS)

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Aspen Hill said: "The resident was asked to leave because her family refuses to comply with our visiting policy.

"We appreciate that restrictions placed on visiting is exceptionally difficult for our residents and their loved ones.

"However, we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all our residents and to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus into our homes.

"This requires us to follow government guidance which restricts visiting.

"Unfortunately, our reasonable requests to adhere to our visiting policy has led to an irreconcilable breakdown in our relationship with the resident's family."

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