Elderly man dies after discharge from care home unable to meet his needs

Priory Court

An elderly man has died four days after being discharged from a care home that was no longer able to meet his needs.

Bob Cave, 87, was one of seven residents forced to leave Avery Healthcare’s Priory Court care home in Stamford, Lincolnshire following its decision to end its nursing care provision.

Mr Cave, who suffered from a rare brain disease, died shortly after being moved 11 miles to another care home.

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The pensioner’s son, Julian, accused the care home of “booting out” Mr Cave, telling the Scottish Daily Record: “They forced a dying man who couldn’t speak for himself to move from a place where he was happy and settled and where the staff cared about him. He was so vulnerable. The move certainly made him die sooner than he would have had he stayed there.”

An Avery Healthcare spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Cave’s family at this time. Prior to his discharge, Mr Cave was assessed by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, and in the presence of a relative. Avery Healthcare once again regrets the reluctant step to have de-registered Priory Court from nursing care, but this is a sector-wide issue, and without sufficient nursing staff, a safe, compliant and high quality service, that residents and their families would expect, cannot be provided.

“Avery Healthcare can confirm that all seven residents affected by this change have been successfully moved to other nursing providers with the support of the local authorities, the CCG, and the resident’s families.”

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