A PENSIONER died of a brain haemorrhage following a fall at a nursing home.
Jean Cload, 88, who lived at Bryher Court Nursing Home in Filsham Road, St Leonards, was found on the floor face down in her bedroom on June 24 after tripping on a carpet.
An inquest into her death was held on Tuesday (October 1).
It heard that the retired housewife showed no signs of illness until June 29 when she suddenly felt sick and had a coughing fit at the home during a visit by her family.
Mrs Cload’s condition deteriorated the next day and she was admitted to the Conquest. She died three days later on July 3.
Eldira Kroni, a carer at Bryher Court, said: “I could hear her (Mrs Cload) screaming in her room and found her face down on the floor. She had tripped on a carpet.
“I rang the emergency bell for help. She was not unconscious, said she was okay and just had pain in her right arm.”
Jackie Marlow, register nurse at the home, said Mrs Cload was ‘bright and alert’ on the morning her family visited on June 29.
“Jean was very chatty but felt unwell at lunchtime. She said she had a headache, became anxious and upset and wanted to go back to bed,” she told the inquest.
Tina Fowlie, matron at Bryher Court, said Mrs Cload had a history of falls and sometimes needed assistance in getting dressed but walked with a Zimmer frame.
The inquest also heard that the pensioner had a stroke in February this year and suffered from osteoarthritis.
Mrs Cload moved to Hastings in 1949. She was involved with the Mothers’ Union, a Christian charity, for more than 40 years.
Coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of accidental death.