Care home chief suspended after banning a son-in-law from home

A care home manager had been suspended for 12 months after being found guilty of banning a man from visiting his mother-in-law at the home she ran.

Elizabeth Peacock was suffering from severe dementia and was visited 3 times a week by her son-in-law who said he had a deep bond with her that was more akin to a mother.

Vanessa Grant, the manager of Southwell Court Care Home, Nottinghamshire. signed a letter banning Mr Hart, the son-in-law, and in the last four weeks of his mother-in-law;’s life he was unable to visit her.

Mr Hart considered that this amounted to systematic and emotional abuse, “one one occasion she asked if I had died, or if I had left her.”

Vanessa Gent was suspended for a year by the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel.