Great-gran, 78, being 'evicted' from her care home over daughter's 'unauthorised visit' is taken to hospital

A GREAT-GRAN who is being evicted from her care home after an “unauthorised” window visit with her daughter has been taken to hospital. 

Dementia sufferer Elizabeth Bow, 78, was due to leave Aspen Hill Village in Leeds following a "breakdown" in relations between her family and the care home.

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It came after a furious row erupted with Aspen Hill after daughter Denise Hobbs went to visit her mum at the home and chatted with her through an open door – but was told this breached coronavirus 'visiting policy'.

Furious Denise told the Daily Express that her mum was being evicted "because I love her and want to see her."

Her daughter Denise Hobbs, 53, today revealed that on Tuesday, the day her mum was originally due to be evicted, she was rushed to hospital.

Ex-nurse Elizabeth was struck down with a chest infection and admitted to A&E, where she was placed on antibiotics and oxygen.

Police officer Louise says that her mum’s condition is improving and hopes that her say in hospital will be brief – though she does not yet know how long. 

She added Elizabeth will not return to Aspen Hill afterwards because she has "lost trust" in the management and believes her mum has fallen "victim" to their policy.

The OAP was due to be evicted from the home on Tuesday, but a home spokesperson said her stay would continue while an "alternative placement” was found.


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

"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.

She added: "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 is convinced her mum is a victim of "revenge eviction over comments posted on Facebook", but this has been categorically denied by the manager of the care home.

Denise 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. 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."

Aspen Hill Village director Dr Shahz Ahmed said: "It is with considerable regret that we had to ask the resident to leave Aspen Hill Village.  Asking a resident to leave their home is never a decision that we take lightly.


"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.

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

Ms Bow, a great-grandmother-of-12, worked as a nurse and carer until she retired.

She moved into Aspen Hill on April 29, with a room opening onto a patio to allow visits. Her children visited daily, chatting through a window opened by a carer.

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

But Ms Hobbs made an unscheduled visit on October 4 after seeing the window was open, and was told she couldn't be there by staff.

Across the country, Brits in homes have been barred from meaningful contact for the past eight months. The rules have left them unable to hug or hold hands with loved ones.

The most vulnerable have been told they can only wave at husbands, wives or children through windows.

It comes after a care home called the police after a 75-year-old woman sneaked in to get her husband following eight months apart.

Last week the Government vowed to ring-fence thousands of Covid swab tests to ensure families can visit their relatives in care homes this Christmas.

Matt Hancock offered hope to millions – days after campaigners warned 'loneliness can kill' as vulnerable people begin to give up hope.

The Health Secretary said a pilot scheme at 20 homes will end the need for "prison-style" plastic screens.

Earlier this month, as England's new lockdown began, the Government said care home visits could only take place outside, through windows or in PPE-covered pods.

But on November 14, the Department of Health confirmed a new scheme will start on Monday, with the aim of allowing indoor visits.

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