95-year-old war hero told to sell his home to pay for medical care because he 'survived too long'

Bob Frost, the elderly war veteran who hurt himself after he had a bad fall and was admitted to a hospital, was told to pay for the care he got because he owned a house


                            95-year-old war hero told to sell his home to pay for medical care because he 'survived too long'

An RAF hero and his former spy partner have now been told to sell their home in order to pay for his medical bills because he has "survived too long". 95-year-old Bob Frost and 94-year-old Mildred Schultz live in Sandwich, Kent. They have been left completely shocked because the property worth £300k is all he has left to give his children after he died. Frost was a rear gunner who managed to avoid being captured by the Nazis in 1942. 

The Sun reported that he was admitted to The Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital in March this year. The elderly war veteran hurt himself after he had a bad fall. The night after he was admitted, he moved to the Ami Court nursing home in Dover and was put onto an NHS funded "end of life care" programme which is estimated to cost up to £5,000 per month.

Bob Frost (Source: JustGiving)
Bob Frost (Source: JustGiving)

Now that the elderly hero is back in good health, the NHS has suddenly decided to withdraw the funding care plan that they had given him. They passed his case on to the Kent County Council social services. He is expected to pay some cost.

Frost told the Daily Mail in an interview: "The NHS said I'd survived too long and they were stopping my funding. I don't have a massive retirement plan. All my life I tried to buy a house so I'd have something to pass on to my children. But now they're taking it away."

Mildred insisted that her partner "should be treated with dignity". She was spotted laying down a wreath for the Special Forces club on Remembrance Sunday at Westminster Abbey. Frost was able to save about £25k but the money was stolen right out of his bank account by one of his family members who had access to it.

Frost was born in Camden, North London, and served as the rear gunner aboard a Wellington bomber that was shot down in September 1942. His jet had been flying to the raid in Essen, a town in Germany. It was through the Special Forces circles that he met Mildred 20 years ago.

A flight of Vickers Wellington MKIa long-range bombers of IX Squadron, Royal Air Force, 8th February 1940 (Source: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A flight of Vickers Wellington MKIa long-range bombers of IX Squadron, Royal Air Force, 8th February 1940 (Source: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A spokesperson for the Kent County Council said: "Mr. Frost has not yet been assessed by KCC and is at present receiving continuing healthcare funding from the NHS. We appreciate that paying for residential care in a care home is extremely expensive but KCC is bound by government legislation on funding arrangements. KCC has to carry out a financial assessment to see whether people are eligible for funding support and this looks at income and savings - including the value of the property."

"If someone has over £23,250 that person is self-funding meaning they pay for their costs. Below this threshold and the local council can fund some of a person’s care. When this money drops below £14,250, funding is solely from the local council. People eligible for NHS continuing healthcare will have their care home costs funded by the NHS."