Since the age of 8 months old, my brother was one of the many long-term and short-term foster children cared for by our mother and father for many years, the only child to be adopted some years later. He continued to live in the family home until the age of 35 when our widowed mother became ill and was hospitalised for almost four months.
After losing our father to Emphysema some years ago at the age of 76, our mother’s decline in health at the age of 80, and the onset of her Dementia, I became unable to care for two relatives with extremely limited assistance. My brother regrettably moved out of the family home and became placed within the care system, where I naively believed that the system worked and he would adequately be cared and supported for the rest of his life, such proved not to be the case.
His mother’s wishes for me to look after him and make sure he is cared for, have been extremely poorly addressed by the local authority, although I have Power of Attorney for our mother this has not helped with gaining adequate care and support for my brother.
In the interest of transparency, I must advise that I had raised concerns over my brother in the past, one of two care cases taken to The Local Government Ombudsman concerning the inadequate care and support provided to vulnerable adults, Case ref 14-019-277. After approximately eight months of providing evidence, the case was abruptly closed and not upheld; notwithstanding, factually inaccurate data remains in the final decision.
A link to the case and the identified factually incorrect data I noted can be found here:
Link to LGO final decision 14 019 277 & identified incorrect data
We seek proper legal redress and a firm who is willing to take on a case.
The timer below displays the number of days between the date my brother was allowed home to visit his mother and me, and today, without interference by Herefordshire Council or The Priory Group. Both organisations ignored requests and forced us to only have contact or home visits when convenient for them, denying him and us of private and family life for this period.
Since my brother was placed in the residential home, out of county and against his family’s wishes, his needs have been neglected and he has not been provided with adequate care and support nor communication aids or reliable phone service and necessary equipment. The Priory Group and Herefordshire Council ignored, not least, The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, since December 2013.
The severe restriction imposed on my brother had denied him access to a mobile phone I loaned to him for contact with us, since November 2017 when it was confiscated from him by a carer at H House. Seeing some video recordings, including recovered deleted video confirmed my concerns.
Before this time my brother was not allowed home to visit his mother for some 54 days 2 hours, this due to Herefordshire Council refusing to allow us to meet at a chosen location or provide alternative support to him and our mother and I. Prior to this the longest periods were 64 days, 58 days and 23.5 hours, due to The Priory Group and H House wilfully ignoring a total of 18 of 24 requests.