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Solihull Council apologise for Castle Bromwich pensioner blunder

AN ELDERLY dementia sufferer was left stranded in a stranger’s house after a team transporting him from a day care centre dropped him off at the wrong address.

AN ELDERLY dementia sufferer was left stranded in a stranger’s house after a team transporting him from a day care centre dropped him off at the wrong address.

Ronald Cobourne, aged 83, was led into the hallway of a near-neighbour’s home where he stayed for 10 minutes after the shocking mix-up.

He was eventually reunited with worried daughter Susan McCoy, who he lives with, after the shocked neighbour discovered the pensioner in his house.

Susan, aged 47, said: “I’m really angry. He is getting more confused by the day and didn’t know where he was.

“They opened the door, took him in and then left him there.”

Mr Cobourne has vascular dementia, which leaves sufferers confused and with memory, concentration and communication problems.

He lives with his daughter in Hazelhurst Road, Castle Bromwich, and has been attending Jubilee Gardens Day Centre, in Solihull, for the last five years.

On Wednesday, December 19 his usual transport team, provided by Solihull Council, were off sick so a replacement crew was called in.

But instead of dropping him off at Susan’s home, they walked him through an open front door and left him in the hallway of the stranger’s house, two doors down.

A spokesman for Solihull Council admitted the error, but said it was an “honest mistake”.

“Given Mr Cobourne’s medical condition, we completely understand the distress this may have caused.

“We understand we are dealing with vulnerable people and will make sure this incident does not occur again.”

 

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