Care Campaign for the Vulnerable (CCFTV) organised and hosted a roundtable on evictions in care last Friday.
Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire the event was attended by leading care industry professionals, including Vic Rayner OBE, CEO of the National Care Forum, Andrew Geach, CEO of Shedfield Lodge Care Home and Beaconsfield MP, Joy Morrissey.
Families supported by CCFTV shared their experiences of eviction when complaints were raised on a loved one’s care. The families offered an emotional insight into when an eviction is served and the debilitating effect it can have on an elderly vulnerable person.
Jane Freeman spoke passionately about the concerns she raised on her father’s care that she said had led to his eviction and told attendees she only wanted to ensure his good care and safety.
Jane said this was eventually recognised by the local authority, which pledged to do more to support families in care when a loved one is served notice.
“There was no support for our family or my father with dementia,” Jane said. “The experience was life-changing and as a family, we all suffered. CCFTV supported us in meetings and we wouldn’t have known what to do without their support. It shouldn’t be this way. It left a lasting effect and we don’t want any families to suffer as we did.”
Joy Morrissey MP said: “I support the work CCFTV are doing and more must be done to better protect our most vulnerable in care. I’d like to thank CCFTV for the vital support they offer families and their elderly relatives affected by many issues in care, including ‘revenge’ evictions.”
Shedfield Lodge CEO, Andrew Geach, said: ”As a care home provider we have taken elderly people from care homes that had been served notice because they had ‘challenging behaviour’. We must ask the question is the action taken acceptable when the elderly that are being evicted are in fact living in dementia specialist care homes in many cases? Therefore, should we question the quality of dementia training offered to staff?”
Jayne Connery, director of CCFTV, said: “CCFTV and families we support want to see better tenancy rights in care as well as an independent body to review every eviction served to an elderly person in a care home.”