By Matthew Gooding
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A ROYSTON couple have hit out at a care company who made their severely autistic daughter homeless and recommended she be detained in hospital.
Richard and Malgosia Wasilewski have been trying to find new accommodation for their daughter Krystyna, 25, since care provider the Hesley Group informed them they could no longer meet her needs at their home in Doncaster, where she has been living since 2004.
Having agreed with health bosses that she should be found a new home in the community nearer Royston, the Wasilewskis were shocked to discover that Hesley had prepared reports from a psychologist and a psychiatrist recommending that Krystyna be hospitalised.
She was forced to move out of the home this week, and will now be assessed under section by experts in hospital.
Mr Wasilewski of Roan Walk said: “Everybody involved had agreed what she needed and then Hesley produced these reports saying she should be hospitalised. We’re absolutely devastated, and she is going to be devastated.
“We’re very dismayed with Hesley’s conduct. They served notice the week before Christmas, making it almost impossible to find an alternative, but still tried to interfere with her future care.
“We asked them that if she has to have this assessment, could she stay where she is now until it’s been carried out, but they refused.”
Mr and Mrs Wasilewski had arranged with NHS Doncaster, who fund Krystyna’s care, that their daughter would be cared for in the community.
He explained: “There’s an organisation called Dimensions, experienced in autism and challenging behaviour, which agreed to buy a house and rent it out to Krystyna so she could live there and receive care.
“This was all agreed in July and we had found a property near Biggleswade, but in December we were told of these reports. It feels like we wasted five months.
“Krystyna is severely autistic and has learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. But Hesley refused to give us any proper details about why they can no longer meet her needs. Any incidents should have been documented, but they only talk to us in general terms.”
Hesley Group is a specialist provider for young people with autism and other complex needs.
A spokesman for the group declined to comment.