An elderly man who suffered from dementia had two nursing home falls during a two-week stay at a care home in Selsdon which led to his death at the age of 91. Frederick Chadwick had gone into the home for two weeks to let his 82-year-old wife have a rest from taking care of him. However once he was at the home he fell twice. The first fall resulted in a broken wrist and on the second occasion he broke his hip. This required surgery but he ended up getting pneumonia after the operation took place, and his condition rapidly became much worse.
Mr Chadwick also suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and this progressively got much worse during the last few days of his life. He died without having the chance to go back home to his wife.
The nursing home is run by Care UK and they have recently admitted liability in the case. Mr Chadwick’s family has now received a five-figure sum by way of compensation as the case has ended. While the compensation and admission of liability has drawn a line under the case, it has left his daughter feeling upset at having made the decision to put him in the home for two weeks to begin with.
How serious can falls be at an older age?
Any fall can be serious and have consequences at any age. However it is commonly the elderly who are most at risk of falls, and more at risk of suffering a variety of injuries as a result. Broken hips and other bones can require surgery, and this is a demanding procedure for anyone, let alone someone of advanced age. It is imperative that the proper care is provided when someone is staying in a care home, to prevent these types of falls as much as possible.
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