Pensioner died after fall at care home

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A PENSIONER died of a brain haemorrhage after falling at a care home.

Violet Foster, 90, was staying at Mount Denys on The Ridge when the accident happened on December 28, an inquest heard last week.

She was rushed to the Conquest Hospital but sadly died on New Year’s Day.

The hearing heard that Mrs Foster, a retired dinner lady, suffered a massive brain haemorrhage and broncho pneumonia after the fall.

She had advanced Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and had moved to Mount Denys only weeks before because of her condition.

Maria Colbran, a care officer at the care home, said she heard a noise while she was in the laundry room and found Mrs Foster on the floor on her side.

She said: “I immediately called for assistance as she appeared to be having some sort of seizure. I sat with her and my colleague called paramedics. She had banged her head on the carpet.”

The inquest heard that Mrs Foster, who lived in Horntye Road before going to Mount Denys, walked with a stick.

But Miss Colbran said the pensioner often forgot to use it because of her dementia.

“Staff would make sure she used it because on occasions she would be unsteady,” she added.

Mrs Foster’s daughter-in-law Sylvia Foster said: “Violet was pretty independent until two years ago when she had a carer come in twice a day to help her. She began to suffer deteriorating mobility and was getting more confused.”

Coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of accidental death.