A care home resident who survived COVID-19 has died following a fall, a coroner’s inquest has heard.
Paul Gentles, 87, died at Sunrise Senior Living’s Beaconsfield care home on 12 May following a witnessed fall in January, the Bucks Free Press reported.
A Beaconsfield Coroners Court inquest heard that Mr Gentles’ health had deteriorated after he broke his hip following a fall while using his Zimmer frame.
Assistant coroner Ian Wade said: “It does seem to me that it’s the left hip fracture that is really the start of Paul’s ultimate decline.
“It was not because of the care he was receiving – it was in spite of the care. They recognised Paul’s decline, they moved him to somewhere where he was under better observation and could be better helped with his dementia.
“He never got rid of the infection in that hip, not helped by the fact that he acquired COVID-19. His frailty overcame him, and he passed away.”
A Sunrise Senior Living spokesperson said: “Sunrise of Beaconsfield were deeply saddened by the loss of Paul Gentles in May 2021. Paul was a much-loved resident at the care home and was popular among residents and team members.
“After joining the care home in September 2019, Paul’s artistic and lively character was quickly noticed by team members and fellow residents, who all greatly admired his intelligence and humour.
“While living at Sunrise of Beaconsfield, our team members were dedicated to ensuring that he received the best care possible. Although his health deteriorated following a fall, our team worked tirelessly to maximise his quality of life through delivering industry leading, personalised care.
“We pass on our sincere thoughts and sympathies to Paul’s family and friends, who we know will also deeply miss him and his colourful character.”