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Elderly residents plagued by bed bugs
Elderly residents of a sheltered housing unit have been plagued by an infestation of bed bugs.
Six treatments at Turners Court in Drapers Road, Leyton, over the last year have not succeeded in getting rid of the biting insects.
Turners Court is run by Ascham Homes, the organisation which manages council housing, which has known about the problem for over ten months.
John Calverley, 73, moved in to Turners Court in December last year to recover from his third heart attack.
He was not able to be discharged from hospital to his former home where there are four flights of stairs.
Mr Calverley said he discovered the infestation soon after he moved in.
He said: “They’re everywhere. They’re in my bed, the chair, the curtains, behind the pictures on the wall. You just can’t get rid of them.
“I’m covered in bites on my arms, legs and my neck.
“It’s absolutely terrible. It shouldn’t have to be like this. I came here to get better not to get worse. I’m too old for this carry on.”
Mr Calverley’s son Paul has been in to steam clean his flat every week since he moved in, but says Ascham Homes is not doing enough to deal with the infestation once and for all.
The 45-year-old, of Burnside Avenue in Chingford, said: “This has been going on for months, it’s ridiculous. They have to do the job properly.
“I’m fighting the bugs as much as I can but they’re still there.
“Other elderly people in that block need help because they’re on their own. They should be able to relax at their time of life but they are plagued by this problem.
He said: “Mentally it’s destroyed [my father]. He’s not sleeping in his bed anymore and it’s all he can think about.”
A spokeswoman from Ascham Homes said: “We have taken all the steps we can to combat the problem with a recommended treatment programme.
“We have treated individual flats which have been affected, carried out washing on behalf of residents, provided extensive information and advice to residents to help prevent infestation, and moved affected residents into available units in other sheltered schemes while treatment is carried out.
“Unfortunately we are limited in the action we can take especially relating to personal items belonging to individual residents which may be infested. We will continue to work closely with our residents to ensure the problem is under control.”
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