This should not be happening

Home closure will give residents some respite

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FOUR POUNDS!!!’ I reckon the polar bears in the Arctic circle must have heard me rant and rave about the parking charges at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Let’s face it, I wasn’t in the sunniest of moods to begin with, folks.

Last Thursday I’d been to visit The Cushion Plumper (my ma) in ward G2. And I was really distraught to be told by nursing staff that my mother could no longer walk unaided.

Well, two weeks prior to going to QA ma could walk in short bursts with her wheelie walker. So not happy with that.

Then they served her meal and she wouldn’t eat it. Well, neither would I.

Yuksville. It looked like slops.

Anyway, she now has to be assessed for a care home. It’s so upsetting, folks.

My mother has a terrible fear of ending her days in a nursing home. She always wanted to hang up her earth boots in her own home.

Well, she won’t have a home to go to. It’s going to be sold to pay her care home fees.

This shouldn’t be happening. My ma and pa worked all their lives, they didn’t retire until they were both 70.

My father ensured they had enough savings for their retirement.

Now before I go into the issue of how more and more elderly people are being forced to sell their homes to pay for care, I’ll share another ma-related problem that I’m now having to deal with.

I’ve had to involve the police because some of my mother’s jewellery and savings are ‘missing’ from her home.

I’ve no idea what has happened to them, but I want to get them back.

Now, in 2011 around 49,000 people living in care homes sold their home to pay fees. Great, eh. I bet that figure will go up and up.

Ma is now in Jubilee House, Cosham, being assessed.

What a releif that Jubilee House is immaculately clean, the staff are charming and helpful and the food is fabulous.

A last, a little ray of sunshine for my ma.