Man, 89, Stages Protest Outside Care Home After Being 'Banned' From Seeing His Wife
An elderly man is staging a protest outside the care home where his wife lives after claims he's been banned from seeing her.
Dennis Daniels, 89, has been sat outside the Anchorage Care Home in Grimsby, which offers specialist support for those with dementia, in his wheelchair with a sign for passing motorists to read.
Speaking to Grimbsy Live, Mr Daniels said management of the care home had asked him to leave while on a recent visit to see his wife Dorine after became 'too loud and disruptive'.
But Mr Daniels says he has been having issues with the care home for several months, due to the behaviour of another resident, who began to bang on his wife's door and started shouting.
Mr Daniels says he shouted out to get the attention of staff to come and help, but no one arrived for 'quite a few minutes'.
After the incident, Mr Daniels says the care home manager told him he had to leave.
"I have decided to start a picket outside the Anchorage Care Home because they are not allowing me to see my wife," he told the paper.
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"On Monday night, the manager told me four times that I must 'leave her home' as I was being noisy, loud, temperamental and abusive, when I was really trying to get some help and support for my wife.
"There have been issues with one resident at the home for months, and while I understand that he is unwell and is in the best place to get help, I think the manager needs to take some action because I am scared for my safety and that of my wife."
He says the pair have been married for 70 years and haven't spent a day apart in that time.
Despite his ongoing dispute, Mr Daniels said his wife has been very happy at Anchorage and that the main body of staff are 'tremendous and do a brilliant job' at the home, which has an 'outstanding' rating from the CQC.
A spokesperson for Hull-based Hica Group, which operates the Anchorage, said: "We recognise the complex and sensitive issues around this particular situation with Mr Daniels and his wife, a long-time resident at the Anchorage. It is not a straightforward situation.
"Mr Daniels is a regular visitor to the home, usually seeing his wife daily. They have a loving relationship, which we respect.
"We're a little surprised by his recent actions. Our dedicated staff are always monitoring the well-being and safeguarding of residents.
"We are trying to engage with Mr Daniels and have called in the support of local Social Services to reach an amicable solution."
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