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Elderly man died after fall from chair in care home

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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AN elderly man died after he fractured his hip falling from his chair at a care home, an inquest was told.

Ivor Jones was admitted to Stretton’s Hillfield House care home for respite care last year after his wife needed hospital treatment.

During his time at the home, the 87-year-old, of Forge Lane, Stretton, was assessed for being at risk of falls, due to him not being very mobile, the inquest sitting at Burton Town Hall heard.

In a statement, the home’s unit manager, Donna Youngman, said Mr Jones was a friendly resident who would socialise with other guests and staff.

She said: “He was independent, but he could be unsteady on his feet and prone to falls.

“He had a walking stick but did not always use it.”

Mr Jones was visited by family in December, who told care staff he ‘sounded chesty’, she added.

Mrs Youngman said she saw Mr Jones fall when he was sat at a dining table on December 16.

In another statement, senior support worker Valerie Brace said she ran to Mr Jones after seeing him tumble.

She said: “I thought he could have fractured his hip. He was made comfortable, but not moved.

“Paramedics arrived and said there was a possible fracture, we contacted the family and they were kept informed.”

Mr Jones was taken to Queen’s Hospital, in Burton and had surgery the next day.

The surgery appeared to have been successful, but Mr Jones contracted pneumonia. His condition deteriorated and he died on January 1.

South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh ruled that, on the balance of probabilities, his death was ‘an unfortunate accident’.

He added: “I would like my sympathies for the circumstances of his death, he went into the home for respite care and had a fall.”

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