Wilmington family shocked by £4,264.89 care home bill for granddad's care

First published in News

A Wilmington family have been billed £4264.89 for a care home placement their granddad stayed in despite being him being rushed to hospital and nearly dying.

Jon Green, 43, said he "could not believe it" when the bill from Kent County Council arrived on their Albert Road doorstep last week.

News Shopper last week revealed the plight of Mr Green's granddad Walter Newman, 94, who suffers from vascular dementia and was admitted into Darent Valley Hospital on May 25 with pneumonia, dehydration and three high-grade pressure sores.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has now taken up the case with KCC and wants to ensure no more people are placed in the Manordene Care Home in West Kingsdown until the investigation has been completed.

Mr Green told News Shopper: "We received the bill last week and I just thought there was no way I am paying for that, it is just unbelievable that we can be sent that after all my granddad has been through.

"The hospital has said that granddad is medically fit and we are now looking at other care home placements for him.

"We just want him to be cared for properly."

Mr Newman's family cared for him until February when his dementia got so bad that they took the heartbreaking decision to put him in a home.

The family claim staff at the Forge Lane home did not care for Mr Newman, a Second World War veteran, properly and that he was "left to die" in a room on his own.

He has lost the use of his legs since going into the home in February, even though he used a frame previously to get about.

Mr Johnson said: "The bill this family has received quite literary adds insult to injury because clearly the treatment he received ended up with him being admitted to Darent Valley Hospital.

"Clearly this is not treatment he should be paying for.

"I have already spoken to social services about it, they have reassured that no more admissions are made to the nursing home without their agreement."

A KCC spokesman added: "We will put the invoice on hold until the safeguarding investigation is completed."

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:24pm Wed 25 Jun 14

white rabbit9 says...

Beyond sick, but we all put up with it. We are all lost at sea.
Beyond sick, but we all put up with it. We are all lost at sea. white rabbit9
  • Score: -3

2:25pm Thu 26 Jun 14

ms day says...

they should pay him to go to west kingsdown dump
they should pay him to go to west kingsdown dump ms day
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree