Accidental death after pensioner falls in care home and contracts chest infection, coroner finds
A new inquest has heard that a 96-year-old man died after falling at and fracturing his hip at the Andrews Court Care Home in Blackburn, Lancashire, and contracting a chest infection.
Alan Moore, who was prone to falling, died on the 25th February 2019 while being cared for at the home.
After managing to live independently up until November 2018, Alan was admitted to the Springfield Care Home – also in Blackburn – following a fall that month.
From November 2018 till February 2019, Alan had avoided any more accidents and him and his family were looking at residential accommodation options for him.
However, the inquest heard that Alan was due to be discharged on the 4th February 2019, but the day before, he fell in his room unaided and fractured his hip.
Coroner James Newman told the Lancashire Telegraph: “He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where he had an operation and was fit for discharge.
“Mr Moore was then transferred to Andrews Court Care Home, but was only there for a day before he was diagnosed with a chest infection, which was partly do to the operation.”
James explained that on the day of Alan’s death, care staff had helped him get dressed and were taking him to the communal area when his breathing became difficult. The employees took him into the nearest bedroom and laid him down on the bed, where he died very soon after.
James concluded: “Alan Moore died as a result of a chest infection contracted after he underwent an operation. I record an accidental death conclusion due to him sustaining a hip fracture after a fall.”