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Pensioner refuses to pay Poole council’s £28k costs for husband’s care
12:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A WALLISDOWN pensioner is disputing a £28,000 bill from Borough of Poole for her disabled husband’s care costs.
Joan Exworthy, 90, is full-time carer to husband Bernard, 91, who has Parkinson’s, leaving him unable to move or eat un-aided and so twice a day, two care staff come in to their home.
The staff take Bernard out of his bed, using a hoist, and place him in an armchair, before returning later in the day to move him back to bed.
Joan says that it takes a total of 20 minutes of their time and she then carries out the remainder of his needs, feeding, supervising and supporting Bernard around the clock.
However, Joan says that it has never been her understanding that she would have to find the money to pay for the staff, with costs so far amounting to £27,937.
This means that they are now being threatened with court action, so that Borough of Poole can claim back the money.
Joan said: “All of this is to a man who is bed-ridden, which is quite callous. Without the use of the hoist, he would die.
She added: “When my husband came out of Poole Hospital, as his condition progressed, they said he would need somebody to do the hoisting.
“This has been going on for two years, with Poole council sending me bills for what they call ‘social care’, but I look after him, and I have no intention of paying it.”
David Vitty, Head of Adult Social Care at Borough of Poole, said: “Everyone who receives home care from Borough of Poole is financially assessed, and pays what they can afford towards the cost of their care.
“It is important that everyone who pays for their care is treated equally, and so we are unable to make an exception for Mr and Mrs Exworthy. We have written to them on a number of occasions and offered to discuss their situation. We will be writing again to make a further offer to discuss payment options.”
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