‘Hundreds’ of young in old people’s homes


Romana

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Romana was placed in a care home after suffering a brain haemorrhage at 23

Younger people with neurological conditions are being cared for in old people’s homes, according to the charity Sue Ryder.

It said there is nowhere else for them to go because of a lack of specialist facilities.

The Scottish government said it wants people to be treated in their own homes or as close to home as possible.

Minister Jamie Hepburn said it plans to invest £250m a year to “protect and grow” social care services.

Romana was placed in a care home for the elderly at the age of just 23, after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage when she was four months pregnant with her second child.

She couldn’t see her children apart from short visits.

“It felt very strange because everyone around me was so much older; I was a very young girl at the time, and I felt I had lost my family,” she said.

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After two years at a Sue Ryder centre, Romana is preparing to move into her own flat

After two years, the Sue Ryder charity heard of her case and offered her a place at their neurological centre in Aberdeen.

With specialised rehabilitation, Romana learned to walk and live independently.

She is now looking forward to having her own flat, and sleeping under the same roof as her children for the first time in seven years.

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