Fury of dementia sufferer's wife after her husband is forced to move for treatment SEVEN times in just a year

 An elderly dementia sufferer has been forced to move seven times in just over a year, leaving his wife fuming.

Pauline Hayes says she often finds husband Allan, 73, in tears when she visits him at his care home in Leeds.

The 72-year-old is furious that Allan has been moved from a purpose built unit because of a reorganisation within the local NHS Trust.

Allan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006 and his wife of 41 years cared for him in their home until last June.

He has since been moved seven times something which has upset both him and Pauline as she says his condition means he needs to be settled.

Allan was first taken into a mental health in-patient facility called The Mount in Leeds but was able to return home after several weeks.

He was forced to return following a water infection and was then transferred to an assessment bed in a care home, then back into hospital, then a different care home.

Most recently he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act for the third time and moved to Asket Croft.

Pauline said the facility, which was purpose built for dementia patients, was ideal to meet his needs but unfortunately Allan was moved back to The Mount in early August.


It followed a decision made by  Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health care in Leeds, to centralise in-patient dementia services there as part of a plan to create a ‘centre of excellence for older people’ and Asket Croft is to be redeveloped as a community hub for mental health services in east Leeds.

Mrs Hayes say that although the care provided at The Mount is good, the facilities are not and she questioned the judgement of moving patients away from a specially built facility.

‘The Mount does not have the lovely facilities that this purpose-built building had.

‘I want to know why they are closing these places but then re-opening them to someone else.’

‘It’s terrible. I know he’s safe at The Mount but it’s only a stopping place.’

She said it was devastating to see the ‘gentleman’ with whom she has four children and share six grandchildren and two great grandchildren become a different person because of the disease.

‘Even last year he would say “I know it’s hard for you.”

‘Then this plateau drops and their mind just goes. It’s a horrible, nasty illness.’

A spokesman for Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘The service at The Mount offers far more treatment and activity and has access to the skills and experience needed including medical and pharmacy provision.

‘The trust has also reinvested a large resource in both memory services, which will ensure that the need for beds reduces over time, and care home services, so staff can support those with more complex needs who go into long term care.

‘Due to an increasingly ageing population we need to ensure we focus on earlier detection rather than waiting for people in crisis who then need a bed.’

The spokesman added that the trust accepted more could be done to improve facilities at The Mount.

Sourced from The Daily Mail, 4th September 2012.