Rugby couple’s desperate plea: ‘Who will look after our 103-year-old mum?’

Ann and Richard George are worried about 103-year-old Louisa's health
Ann and Richard George are worried about 103-year-old Louisa's health

A Rugby couple are desperate to find a care home for their sick 103-year-old mother, but feel their pleas for help are being ignored.

Richard and Ann George, of Dryden Place, are worried about Louisa Fletcher’s welfare as they both have health problems themselves.

They have been waiting for news of a permanent care home place for their mother for three months and are now getting desperate as time is running out.

Mr George, 60, who is Louisa’s son-in-law, said: “I have severe epilepsy and I’m on a lot of medication.

“I have to go to the neurology department at Walsgrave Hospital every six months.”

And his 71-year-old wife is soon to undergo surgery for a knee problem.

“We can no longer look after her,” said Mr George.

“She has had a minor stroke and has trouble with her arteries. Louisa needs 24-hour care and as much as we’d like to, we can’t give it to her, especially when my wife goes in for her operation.”

The couple phoned Social Services three months ago who said a carer would get back to them within three days.

“We were told there was a waiting list,” added Mr George.

“Once again, my wife got in touch a month ago and the lady we spoke to said the case would be treated as urgent, but still we haven’t heard anything.”

The family all live in the same road in a complex which is warden controlled, but feel that the level of care offered there is no longer sufficient for Mrs Fletcher’s needs.

“My mother-in-law can’t cope by herself,” said Mr George.

“She wants to go into a home, but we’re not getting the support we so desperately need. She’s getting frailer and frailer and needs round-the-clock care.”

Mrs George added: “We just want some answers but we need them soon.”

A spokesman for Warwickshire County Council said: “We will now be making contact with the family to talk about their needs and how we can take this forward.”