Coroner concludes pensioner’s death was accidental after care home fall


A coroner has concluded a pensioner’s death was accidental after they fell from a chair in a care home.

Ninety-three year old Joyce Bailey fell and hit her head on a hard floor in the lounge at Plas Rhosnesni care home in Wrexham on September 16, The Wrexham Leader reported.

Mrs Bailey, who was in declining health and had suffered numerous falls, suffered a severe head wound and died at the Royal Stoke Hospital on September 23.

An agency nurse on duty at the time of the fall said Mrs Bailey may have stood up from her chair while she was attending to another resident.

Home manager, Sinead Davies, told North Wales East and Central coroner John Gittins that agency staff would not be normally be left on their own with residents.

She added: “There have been changes since the fall. We liaise with the Falls Team and we have two Falls Champions at the home whose job is to review risk assessments and notify the nurse in charge.”

Ms Davies said the home always completed risk assessments and care plans for residents and placed crash mats and alarms next to beds and chairs.

She added there could typically be up to 20 residents in the lounge at one time being supervised by one member of staff, although that could vary.

Coroner Gitttins concluded: “Mrs Bailey’s care was good and I am satisfied that the procedures followed were appropriate, although I have raised a few minor matters.”

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