Ill mother ‘prisoner in her own home’

Sandra Jorgensen with her mother's wheelchair. The broken fence is now causing an obstruction and making it impossible to access her home from the side.
Sandra Jorgensen with her mother's wheelchair. The broken fence is now causing an obstruction and making it impossible to access her home from the side.
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A WIDOW claims her elderly and sick mum is virtually a prisoner in her own home after a fence partially collapsed.

Sandra Jorgensen created an annex for her 80-year-old mum to live in at her Silksworth home as she became more frail.

However, Mrs Jorgensen says that she can’t get her to important hospital appointments because of the fallen fence from a neighbouring property, as she struggles to get a wheelchair to her mum’s front door so that she can take her to the car.

She says she has called in the authorities, who have said they are aware of the situation in the street.

“It’s made our lives a nightmare for the past seven months,” said a furious Mrs Jorgensen, who lives in Hawthorn Avenue.

“The fence is hanging over the path and I can barely get my mam’s wheelchair to the door.

“I’ve had people from the council out, the antisocial behaviour team, the fire brigade and I’ve even called the police.

“Without a doubt, I’m going to get this sorted.”

Mum-of-one Mrs Jorgensen, whose husband Derrick died more than 20 years ago, says she finds it increasingly difficult to get her mum to health appointments because of the issues with the side of the house.

“She’s got heart disease, diabetes and bones disease, so she’s on the highest rate of mobility,” added Mrs Jorgensen, 59.

“It puts a lot of stress on my mam and me because she’s been getting upset at what’s gone on.

“It’s really difficult for her to get down the steps and hard for me and my sister to get her wheelchair up the path.

“She’s fallen once and broken her arm already.

“It needs to gets sorted because it can’t go on.” Sunderland City Council ward councillor and chairman of the West Area, councillor, Peter Gibson, said: “City council officers and myself have visited Mrs Jorgensen.

“We have offered advice and have been working with her to resolve the situation.”

Mrs Jorgensen has also called the police after her car was damaged.

Northumbria Police are investigating after the windows on Mrs Jorgensen’s car were scratched.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police are investigating a report of damage to a car in Hawthorn Avenue in Sunderland.

“It happened between 1.30pm on Monday, December 1, and 9am on Tuesday, December 2, when the windows on the vehicle were scratched.

“Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency 101 line.”