An Isle of Wight woman has warned of the “devastating” consequences her sister – who has learning disabilities – could face, if she is forced to leave her home of 14 years.
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Trudy, who lives in Newport, claims “there is a possibility” her sister may be relocated to the mainland, as a result of a ‘contractual dispute’ between the Isle of Wight Council and Ryde House.
As reported by Isle of Wight Radio yesterday (Thursday), the local authority claims talks are “still very active”, but the private care provider has – with “great reluctance” – given notice for 13 residents to leave.
Trudy’s sister is just one of those.
Trudy says that the Isle of Wight Council – which currently provides the residents’ funding – sent two officers to “assess” her sister’s level of care back in January.
According to her, they claim she no longer needs her one-to-one care and they therefore plan to cut it down to around two and a half hours a day.
Trudy told Isle of Wight Radio that she is “heartbroken” by the decision:
“They are two people who have been told to do a job – I understand that. But they do not know my sister. They do not know her every day needs, they do not know how to control her.
“She cannot get out of bed, she’s in a wheelchair. She cannot clothe herself or take herself to the toilet. She has a mental capacity of a child.
“When she has paddies she will throw everything out of the pram. They [Ryde House] know how to control her. It takes maybe two to three people to control her. Having no one-to-one care, she will be stuck with nobody to help her.”
Trudy says the ‘contractual dispute’ has been ongoing for nine months.
However, she only received a letter from the Ryde House Group on Tuesday (17) informing her of their decision.
According to Trudy, some families have been told that their relatives could be moved as far as the mainland.
She fears the impact on her sister would be “devastating”.
“I feel if my sister went onto the mainland it would break my heart. It would break her heart. She is a child, and is just grieving the loss of our dad who has recently passed away. She would not physically and mentally be able to cope with this.
“The impact I’m worried and scared about is that my sister would have a mental breakdown and it will cause her to have a heart attack and a lot of illness which will be devastating.
“…this is breaking my heart that people can treat other people like animals.”
Trudy says her sister has made Ryde House her home, with a dedicated memorial garden set-up for their late mother.
Trudy believes the assisted living facility has been left with “no other option” but to give seven days notice to residents.
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It comes as the private provider yesterday issued a statement saying it “disagreed” with the local authority’s assessment. It says those affected “do not need to move out” as long as the correct levels of care can be agreed.
However, the Isle of Wight Council says there was “no prior indication” that notice would be served. It insists officers are attempting to get in touch with affected families.
Trudy claims “that is absolutely wrong”:
“I have had one letter from Ryde House. I have spoken to a couple of people on the phone [from the council] but that is my doing. I contacted them.
“They didn’t tell me this has been going on for nine months. They have not even contacted me about the assessment. nothing. zilch.”
Trudy says a letter sent to her by Ryde House states it will serve a seven day notice from Thursday (26).