Daughter considers legal action after social services force mother into care home

A woman is planning to take legal action after her vulnerable mother was taken away from her home in a dramatic raid by council staff and police.

Rosalind Figg had removed her 86-year-old mother Betty, who has dementia, from the care home she had lived in since August.

She hoped to look after her at her own house in Coventry and spent months adapting it for her needs, creating a downstairs bedroom complete with an alarm that would go off if she got up in the night and wheelchair ramps outside.

However as The Daily Telegraph reported, just two days after bringing her home on Saturday, social services backed up by police officers with a battering ram took her back to the care home over fears that her daughter would not be able to support her adequately.

Mrs Figg was taken from her daughter’s house in a wheelchair and is now back in her room at Butts Croft House, which costs her family £2,000 a month.

Her daughter, 55, will visit solicitors to find out what her legal rights are and find out how she can bring her mother home again.

She said: “I haven’t had any contact with the council since this happened and I am still determined to bring my mother home.”

Miss Figg insisted she did not regret her decision to remove her mother from the care home.

She said: “She was sitting there like a cabbage, there was no interaction and she wasn’t doing anything.

“You could see in two days living with me how much better she was.”

Staff at the care home in Corley, Coventry, refused to comment and its owner was unavailable.

Its registered directors are Dr Koneru Prasad, 59, and his wife Dr Usha Koneru , 52.

The married couple are also GPs at a surgery in Peterborough, and run a charity, called Heal, that provides medical care to poor children in India.

Colin Green, director of community services at Coventry City Council, said the local authority, in conjunction with the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, invoked its powers under the Mental Health Act to obtain a warrant to take Mrs Figg back into care.

Social services decided she needed to be in a specialist home because they were concerned that the high level of care she required might not be met by her daughter and her partner.

He said: “If someone needs caring for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we have to look at what additional support is there and whether one person can realistically offer that level of care.

“There is a lot of personal care management as well as the dispensation of often complex medication.

“We were never satisfied that it was in Mrs Figg’s best interests to live with her daughter.”

He said Butts Croft was a “very good care home” and said the appointment of an independent advocate for Mrs Figg would ensure that her needs and her desire where to live would be fully catered for.

He added that Mrs Figg’s situation would continue to be assessed, adding: “We certainly hope there would be continued dialogue with the family.”