Pensioner claims he was denied carer’s allowance

first_imgLinkedin by Bernie English [email protected] 83 year old man who nursed his wife for five years says he is owed almost €42,000 in unpaid Carer’s Allowance – but all he wants now is an apology for the trauma he has been through.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Colin Thickbroom, who is originally from Yorkshire but has been living in Shannon for 15 years, took care of his ailing wife, Joyce, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, single-handedly until a fall necessitated her to be hospitalised.“In all that time, I only got seven days respite care for her. I became mentally ill with being confined over such a long time without being able to talk to anyone for days at a time. Only my love for her after 54 years as man and wife kept me going,” Colin told the Limerick Post.The pensioner, who survived on his UK pension, had at times to find money to pay a carer while he went for his own doctor’s appointments or to take care of domestic business.“I was her carer 24/7”, he said. “I kept her out of hospital, freeing up a much-needed bed. I’ve never cost this state a penny”.But in all that time, Mr Thickbroom says, none of the agencies he dealt with informed him that in Ireland, he should be entitled to a Carer’s Allowance.“No one told me about it. There were no posters or information about it in doctor’s surgery, the health centre or anywhere that. I just didn’t know about it”.He found out he could claim the allowance when he read an article on the subject in the Limerick Post but by this stage, his wife had passed away.When he applied, he was informed that he was out of time to claim it retrospectively.He went as far as filing a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman but without a positive result.“The trauma I went through all those years, and they still won’t acknowledge that I cared for Joyce to the point of damaging my own health. What I want from the HSE is a written apology”.A spokeswoman said that the HSE “does not discuss individual cases except in exceptional circumstances around public safety issues.“In relation to Mr Thickbroom, our public health nursing and primary care staff are reviewing the records and will engage with Mr Thickbroom. He will be informed of the process of making a formal complaint if he is dissatisfied.“He can be assured of our efforts to be supportive but we will do so in a private manner”. Email SCAM ALERT: HSE warn of bogus calls following cyber attack Advertisement World Sepsis Day – Have You Asked, ‘Could it be Sepsis?’ NewsBreaking newsLocal NewsPensioner claims he was denied carer’s allowanceBy Bernie English – October 19, 2015 795 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Previous articleRenewed appeal for missing teen as emergency services respond to callsNext articleMore families contact diocese about infants’ plot Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img Facebook WhatsApp TAGScarers allowancefeaturedHSEpernsioner Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Joint Easter message on Covid 19 from Limerick City and County Council, HSE, UL Hospitals and An Garda Síochána No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter Limerick Post Show | How to quit smokinglast_img

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