Care system at fault for father’s death which was ‘avoidable’, says daughter



For years his daughter Helen Jebson-King, 41, fought with social services at Ryedale District Council to get home care for her ailing father who was living alone.

At the same time she was raising her two children and working as a hairdresser.

But despite suffering from Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia and cancer, former financial adviser Mr Jebson, of York, received no help until he fell at home and broke his hip.

He spent two weeks in a general hospital and a further five in a community hospital where the severity of his illnesses became apparent. While her father lay in a hospital bed Ms Jebson-King was forced to sell his house to pay £850-a-week private care home fees.

And while he was in care he suffered another fall and was taken to hospital.

He died four days later on her birthday last year. 

“Two days beforehand she received a call from the home asking her to remove his belongings because they wanted to move someone else into his room.

She said: “It was horrendous, I really was at my wits’ end.

“It should never have got to the stage it did but the help simply wasn’t there. It was so avoidable.

“If my father had got the one-to-one care he needed he might still be with us. My father worked all his life, brought me and my brother up alone and never claimed a penny.”

“Yet I feel he was badly let down by a system that didn’t care.”

Ryedale District Council has been approached for comment.


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