Amputee is penniless in care home
A SWANSEA dementia sufferer has been living in a residential care home without having any cash since March.
Amputee Wayne Ivey, who was moved to Campion Gardens after spending four months in Morriston Hospital, is unable to afford basic items.
The 45-year-old, from St Thomas, who had to have his leg amputated last year due to diabetes has been living off good will.
He ended up on life-support after being admitted to Morriston Hospital after falling into a diabetic coma last November and suffers with kidney problems.
His retired mum Ann Ivey, aged 68, who is struggling to get by on her state pension, following the death of her 73-year-old husband John in January, said it had been a real struggle.
She said: "It's terrible, Wayne has got many health problems.
''Doctors felt he couldn't go home in the condition he was in as both his kidneys are failing.
"Wayne has also got the early signs of dementia and was taken into Campion Gardens on March 31.
"He's not getting any money whatsoever and I have been on the phone to everybody.
"I feel like I'm bashing my head against a brick wall — he is a human being and he's got needs."
She said her wheelchair- bound son could not even afford to go to an on-site cafe.
Mrs Ivey said she couldn't really afford to give money to Wayne, who is awaiting a kidney transplant, as she was only living off a pension.
"I am having to subsidise him," he added.
"I am on basic money and I cannot afford to keep giving money to Wayne.
"I will give him £10 when I can."
She claimed her son had been sent a letter from Jobcentre Plus last month underlining he was entitled to funding support.
"The letter said we can pay employment and support allowance — that was a month ago and he still hasn't had it."
But the Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said they had spoken to Mr Ivey about the need for medical evidence and had processed his claim.
St Thomas ward councillor Joe Hale, who has taken up the family's case, said he had been in touch with a series of agencies to ensure funding is made available.
He said: "Action needs to be taken and pretty quick — someone needs to grasp the nettle as it's affecting this young man's quality of life."
Anthony Ramsey Williams, managing director of Campion Gardens Retirement Village, said: "We are aware Mr Ivey is experiencing great difficulties in processing his claim with the benefits office.
"We like Mr Hale are helping Mr Ivey in this unique situation as best we can.
"Incidentals like toiletries are already included in his care package and we ourselves are providing, as a gesture of goodwill, the extras he needs such as cigarettes.
"We understand that he will have access to his entitlement within the next two weeks."
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "To get Employment Support Allowance it's necessary for people to include medical evidence in support of their application.
"We've spoken to Mr Ivey about this and payment has been made."