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Thursday, June 11, 2009

D-Day Hero was not allowed to leave care home to go home to his wife.

The Daily Mail reports that a D-Day hero, age 93, was not allowed to leave a care home and return to his wife of 68 years because social services had said he was suffering from dementia, though it seems he was only mildly forgetful. He was waiting in the care home for months for a care package to be arranged for him and became very depressed about it. It appears that Mr Alfred Tonkin then went on hunger strike because of this refusal to let him go home. This hastened his death and he never did return home.

Surely social services should have been more responsive to the wishes of someone so old, who was depressed away from his wife and real home. They should have tried harder to get him home with minimum delay to spend the remainder of his life with his wife.