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Rosina Page has been told she cannot return to Amherst Court Care Home, Chatham, as she needs specialist care

A frail 96-year-old dementia sufferer lies in a hospital bed with nowhere to go after she lost her room at the care home where she had lived for five years.

Rosina Page’s family are worried about her future care and say she is well enough to return to Amherst Court in Chatham, where they say she was happy.

But the company that runs the home insists she needs specialist care, which is not available there.

Lina Haynes and her mum, Rosina
Lina Haynes and her mum, Rosina

However, Mrs Page’s daughter points out that the firm, Avante, has signed a deal with Medway Community Healthcare to accommodate stroke and intermediate care patients from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Rochester, after its closure.

Avante says the arrangement is unconnected with Mrs Page’s case.

Although she was declared fit enough to be discharged from hospital five weeks ago, the great-grandmother remains at Medway Maritime Hospital.

Her daughter, Linda Haynes, believes moving her mother mum out of the care home, which specialises in dementia patients, would affect her health.

At a meeting to discuss whether Mrs Page needed to be transferred to a more specialist nursing home, social workers agreed.

Mrs Haynes, 63, from Rainham, said: “We are being told because she needs a hoist and two carers she needs to be accommodated elsewhere, but this was the case when she moved in five years ago and, apart from difficulty in bearing weight due to lack of physiotherapy, nothing has changed.

Linda Haynes
Linda Haynes

“I don’t believe my mum requires nursing care. She does not need injections, drips or wound dressings."

Mrs Haynes, who worked for the NHS as a doctor’s secretary, and husband Colin, 72, are trying to find another home for Mrs Page but so far have had no success.

Mr Haynes said: “They have some empty beds at Amherst, so we have asked whether she can at least stay until we find somewhere else, but have been told no.

“She is holding up a much-needed bed at the hospital.”

The couple were called to the home in Palmerston Road to collect her belongings last month.

She said: “My mother is happy at Amherst. She gets on with staff and they get on with her.”

Mrs Page stayed with the Haynes family, who live in Goldsmith Road, for 12 years until they were unable to cope with her needs.

Mrs Haynes said: “I love my mother to bits, but there is no way we could have her back and it wouldn’t be fair.”

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