Dorothy’s delight as U-turn sends her back home again

MHRA-04-10-11 HOME OCT05 (2)'Pictured is Dorothy Tonks, with her daughter Eileen.
MHRA-04-10-11 HOME OCT05 (2)'Pictured is Dorothy Tonks, with her daughter Eileen.

AN ELDERLY Rugby woman has been granted her final wish to end her days in the comfort of her own home.

Dorothy Tonks, 91, was told she would have to go into a nursing home after breaking her leg and spending 12 weeks in hospital.

The decision left her daughter, Eileen Wellings, struggling to find a suitable place for her to live.

But the decision has been overturned and Dorothy is now back in the familiar surroundings of her Albert Street flat.

“I’m so happy to be home,” said Dorothy.

“I didn’t want to go into a nursing home. I’m really happy here.”

Social services didn’t want to allow the pensioner home after her fall due to safety reasons.

She had been well enough to go home since August.

Dorothy was given a choice of two capped-rate home in Rugby, but neither was suitable.

Eileen, who lives in Clifton, said: “I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

“I’ve only ever wanted the best for my Mother and now she is back home, words can’t describe what a relief it is.”

Eileen, 63, suffered weeks of stress and sleepless nights after her Mother’s fall.

“I was absolutely exhausted,” she said.

“I’m on my own and I’m all the family my Mother has got.”

Social workers were concerned Dorothy would not be safe at night.

But her condition improved so much that a care package was put in place and Dorothy returned home at the weekend.

“She’s much better off in her own home. If she had to go into a home she would deteriorate very quickly.”

“It does concern me that this situation will happen again to somebody who is on there own. We felt all our decisions were being taken away from us.”

She added: “We are glad the worry is finally over. We’re so happy.”