Family prepared to break Nan out of home for Christmas ‘even if it means jail’

A family have said they will break their grandmother out of her care home at Christmas even if if means they’re threatened with jail.

Marion Panzica, 82, lives in a care home in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, and suffers from leukemia, and a lung condition.

Her daughter, Lisa, has said she’s been trying to get Oldham Council to assign her a social worker to bring her home for contact with loved ones.

Sadly, Marion has a Deprivation of Liberty Order, which include a set of checks that aims to make sure any care that restricts a person's liberty is both appropriate and in their best interests.

The DOLO has slowed down Lisa’s efforts to see her mum in person, and due to the pandemic, has been forced to visit the 82-year-old through a window, Manchester Evening News reports.

Lisa even took her new baby great-granddaughter Sienna through a window, but because of suspected dementia she cannot recall her name.

Marion's condition has continued to deteriorate, along with her family's patience, and are prepared to take matters into their own hand to break her out of her care home this Christmas.

She said: "Every time we booked in a visit it seemed like Covid would hit the home. Now all I can do is tap the window to say hello. My mum is very poorly and this might be her last Christmas.

"If they don't sort it we'll take her – and if it means me going to jail so be it."

Lisa said the family were told to say goodbye to Marion last year when she became very unwell, but that she pulled through, adding: "It's now been nine months of my mum's life we'll never get back. We brought her here to Manchester to be happy, not to have her as a prisoner.

"All I want if for the family to get together and to let my mum be happy.

"She's not getting the stimulation and conversation she needs. It's not Covid that will kill her, it's the loneliness of not seeing her family."

  • Family vows to 'break gran, 82, out of care home' even if it 'means going to jail'

Marion, who has shown no Covid symptoms despite twice testing positive, is among thousands of residents in Greater Manchester to suffer due to the heavy visiting restrictions amid the region's high infection rates.

The home did not allow visits during Tier 3 lockdown in accordance with Covid guidelines and Marion met her great-granddaughter for the first time through a closed window, shortly before her mum Claire Cowan was ordered by management to leave the grounds.

She said: "I would see my nana most days before lockdown. When we were in lockdown and window visits weren't allowed we took it on ourselves to go to the window to see her.

"One day we were looking through the window and the care home manager said we weren't allowed to be there.

"I told her 'I'm spending five minutes showing nana her new granddaughter. Since then they are allowing window visits but with the window closed and walkie talkies.

"Before lockdown my nana was fine, she'd forget the odd thing but she knew I was pregnant and having a baby girl. Now she doesn't know who Sienna is. My son lived with her for a while and he was her diamond in the sky, now she's forgotten his name, that's what gets me the most.

"Our family is so small and now we wonder if she will even remember us soon. She has to be home for Christmas. It could be her last Christmas. She has been so ill, in and out of hospital every few months, we need her to have this Christmas with us."

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