Hapton woman dies after care home fall

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An independent pensioner from Hapton died several weeks after suffering a fall at a care home.

Mrs Joan Butterfield (87) died on August 30th from bronchial pneumonia in the Royal Preston Hospital where she had undergone surgery on a head injury.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard Mrs Butterfield had moved to Wordsworth House Care Home in Hapton in June from her home at Mill Hill Farm in the village.

She was found by a member of the night staff on August 16th on the floor by her bed having suffered a fall.

Her son Stephen said: “My mum was very independent who didn’t want to be a bother to anyone. She had a very eventful life and enjoyed doing puzzles.”

Mrs Butterfield had moved to the care home following a number of falls at home.

Care home manager Mr Craig Hardman said: “Mrs Butterfield was very polite, smart and cheerful.

“She had a buzzer to alert staff, but had to be reminded to use this.”

Pathologist Dr Walid Salman, who conducted the post-mortem examination, gave the cause of death as bronchial pneumonia as a result of the head injury and fall.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death.