Woman (87) died after fall at care home

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A Burnley woman who suffered a broken leg in a fall at the care home where she lived died weeks later.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor concluded that Mrs Elizabeth Bradshaw’s death was accidental at an inquest held at Burnley Coroner’s Court.

Known as Betty, Mrs Bradshaw (87), who suffered from dementia, was a resident at Heather Grange Care Home, in Bentham Avenue. The inquest heard that, even though she was blind, Mrs Bradshaw was very mobile and, with the aid of a zimmer frame, would walk miles around the home every day.

On August 14th two members of staff at the Silk Healthcare-owned home were walking past a communal bathroom when they heard a bang. They went into the bathroom and found Mrs Bradshaw had fallen. She was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured leg. She received treatment for her injuries but remained bed-bound and was so poorly that she was discharged back to Heather Grange, at the request of her family, to receive palliative care. She died on September 21st from bronchopneumonia.

Mr Taylor said: “Elizabeth Bradshaw suffered an unwitnessed fall on August 14th which caused a fracture from which she never recovered.”