Family fuming as 22st gran rejected from care home for being ‘fire hazard’

A 22-stone gran has been refused a place at a care home after being described as a 'fire hazard', her outraged family claim.

Former headteacher Susan Lynas, 75, was hospitalised after breaking her back last year and was unable to receive physiotherapy due to the pandemic.

She gained weight due to being immobile for months and also contracted coronavirus, and is now suffering from Long Covid as well as severe asthma and diabetes.

Gran-of-three Susan has been living in a temporary NHS care home, Craigsmair Care Home, in West Lothian, Scotland, but her family want to find a permanent care home for their gran.

Daughter Chaanah Lynas, 33, had hoped her mum could stay in Woodlands Nursing Home, which has hoists for people weighing 27 stone – but told the Daily Record her mum was considered a "fire hazard" and would not be given a place.

Susan is in a regular wheelchair which can fit through doorways and is able to get up if someone holds her hand, and uses a zimmer frame for shorter journeys.

Mum-of-two Chaanah said: "Mum had a fall the day she was moving into sheltered accommodation in February last year, and while she was in hospital she caught Covid.

"She's been in an interim care home but because of Covid there has been no rehabilitation, she doesn't get exercise.

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"She's on a restricted diet because of diabetes but she doesn't get exercise so she has put on weight – she's always been overweight but she was stuck on her back for months and months.

"We just want somewhere close where we can go and visit her.

"She just wants to have peace in a stable place where she isn't going to be moved, and can meet her new grandchild.

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"We knew there were spaces at that home but they came out so brutally – she's in a regular wheelchair and can get through doorways, it's a hospital bed she's in not a bariatric bed.

"Why doesn't a care home in the 21st Century have wider doorways?"

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