Care home resident dies following fall


An inquest has heard how an elderly care home resident died after falling and hitting her head.

Florence Keirle, 88, fell at Pendennis Residential Care Home in Paignton, Devon on 8 January and died in Torbay Hospital two days later, the Exeter and Express reported.

Senior care assistant Jane Richards told the hearing Ms Keirle had been asleep when she had checked on her on the morning of her fall.

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She returned to her room when a pressure mat alarm signalled that she was out of bed.

“I went to her room and found her collapsed on the floor,” Ms Richards said.

“I dialled for an ambulance. She was semi-conscious.”

A statement from Dr Nicholas Robinson gave the cause of death as cranial haemorrhage, fall, vascular dementia and frailty.

Coroner Ian Arrow recorded that Ms Keirle died as a result of an accident.

A spokesman for Pendennis Residential Care Home said Ms Keirle had been a resident on and off for a couple of months.

She said: “Florence will be sadly missed. She was a lovely lady and it was a joy to have her here.”

The home provides nursing and personal care for the elderly, including people living with dementia.

It was rated ‘good’ by the CQC following its latest inspection in March 2016.

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