‘Springing’ the client from a care home – all in a days work. Annette Holmes

I have worked at Peter Edwards Law since October 2001 originally as a secretary in the civil litigation department and I am now Peter Edwards’ assistant looking after the financial deputyship cases. I really enjoy my work as it varies from day to day.I currently take all the new enquiries for our department so get to hear a lot of sad cases.

One such new enquiry that I received was in 2011.

A friend of a lady known as AD telephoned our office and gave me her background. We had originally been contacted by her advocate who expressed great concern that she was ‘locked up’ in a care home and not being allowed to leave.

AD was in her late 70’s, She had been detained in hospital and was now in a nursing home which she herself and her friends clearly believed was the wrong place for her. There was no evidence that she lacked capacity but it was considered to be in her ‘best interests’ to remain there.

After numerous visits and discussions with the nursing home, a decision was made by my boss Peter Edwards that I should go to the nursing home and, as it was her wish, take her to her own property which is what she had wanted all along.

Together with a good friend of hers, we arrived at the nursing home at 2.30pm.  When we arrived, we were taken upstairs to her room where two staff were packing her belongings away.  Upon entering her room AD gave us both a big hug. Once all of her belongings were packed away in black bags, we all left the room.

Once downstairs we all headed towards the office.  She was taken into the office by staff and the door shut in our faces. We stood outside the office for a short time and both agreed that this was not right so I knocked on the door but nobody answered.  After knocking a few times, the door was eventually opened. I explained that it was not right that we were not allowed to enter the room and an apology was offered. I think that had been trying to find out what to do next from the local authority.

Before leaving the care home, AD went around the lounge saying goodbye to everybody .Once in the car I turned to her and asked her how she felt about going home and she said “what do you think?”

She said that she was absolutely shocked but that it was wonderful and she could not believe it.

She thanked me for my help and asked me to remind her of my boss’ name (she has vascular dementia).  I told her it was Peter and she asked me to thank him very much for everything that he had done.

Once she was home and after she had been for a good look around she insisted on walking me to the car with her friend. We all hugged and said our goodbyes.

I felt very good on my journey home as I felt so happy for this lovely lady who reminded me of the perfect nana. I am pleased to report four years later that she is still at home as this was her dearest wish. Peter Edwards remains her financial deputy and he has arranged for her to be cared for 24/7 by wonderful carers and I get updates regularly from them as to how she is doing.

This is one of those cases that makes the job so worthwhile