A disabled man may be forced to leave the home he loves after suffering more than 20 falls in 15 months.
The elderly parents of 46-year-old Glenn Ottley say they fear for his safety after a worrying spate of accidents while being supervised by carers at the adapted bungalow in Todd Lane South, Lostock Hall.
But even though Alan and Carol Ottley have pleaded for a change of care provider, it now looks like Glenn, who has both physical and mental disabilities, will have to move out of the house where he has lived for the past eight years.
“He shouldn’t be forced to leave, it’s his home,” said Carol. “Glenn has been happy there, apart from the last year or so. I don’t know how he’s going to cope if they move him.”
A series of falls, both inside and outside the house, have caused 21 safeguarding alerts to be raised with County Hall.
Glenn’s parents, who are both in the seventies and live two miles away on Cuerden Residential Park, believe moving and handling issues are leaving him vulnerable to falling. Repeated requests for a change of care provider have come to nothing.
“Something has to be done,” said Alan, 77. “We aren’t getting any younger and we both worry what is going to happen to Glenn when we are no longer around.
“The bungalow is great for his needs. It has been really well adapted for him. It couldn’t be better. So it should be far easier changing the care provider than moving Glenn.”
Carol added: “He didn’t have a single fall in his first five years at the house, but then things started to change. The carers who regularly looked after him left and it started to go downhill. Glenn’s not happy. He doesn’t talk, but you can tell with his facial expressions. It’s got to change because we’re frightened something serious will happen to him.”
A spokesperson for care providers Manchester-based Creative Support Ltd said: “We are unable to comment on this case due to the underlying complexities of the situation which we are seeking to resolve in partnership with the multi-disciplinary team and Lancashire County Council. We continue to remain committed to ensuring the welfare of individuals at the service.”
And an LCC spokesman added: “ “Our priority is to ensure that people have the care they need to remain safe and well. When there are concerns, we work with care providers, the CQC, residents and their families to put measures in place to address these issues.
“We would always contact people receiving social care services and their families to ensure that their views are taken into account and to ensure that the care they receive remains suitable and appropriate for their needs.”