Alzheimer patient held responsible for damage
The newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that the private care company Attendo is forcing clients suffering from severe dementia to pay for damage they cause in the company’s care apartments.
The newspaper spoke with Anna Larsson Wallin, who five months after her husband died from Alzheimer’s disease received a bill for SEK 70,000 to replace the floor in his care apartment. At first she thought it was an error:
“It’s unreasonable to hold someone suffering from severe Alzheimer’s and at the end of their lives responsible for behavior that is part of their disease,” she says.
Her husband spent two years at the Nilstorpsgården facility in Lidingö, and was supposed to receive round-the-clock care.
The company receives public funding to run the facility and Dagens Nyheter writes that last year Attendo’s profit was SEK 250 million. After being contacted by the newspaper, the company withdrew the demand for Anna Larsson Wallin to pay for the renovation.