Home accepts liability for fall

The Croft care home. Pic: Google.
The Croft care home. Pic: Google.

The niece of a woman who had dementia has said she can never forgive a care home after it accepted liability following injuries the 92-year-old sustained when she had wandered from the premises.

Beatrice Hudson suffered a broken arm and hip after walking out of The Croft care home in Normanton, Wakefield, on January 11, 2016.

She had to have plates put in her arm and undergo a half-hip replacement, never regaining mobility after surgery. She was also dependent on her carers moving her in a wheelchair when she left hospital and was transferred to a new home.

Her niece, Jenny Taylor, 58, said she can never forgive the home as the injuries meant her aunty had an “undignified” end to her life in December last year as she was almost completely bed-bound.

The legal case alleged negligence in the fact the home failed to ensure there was adequate supervision of Mrs Hudson on the day in question given her noted confused state and her known dementia.

It was also alleged that the home had been in breach of its duty of care by failing to ensure there were adequate safety measures in place to prevent residents from absconding from the home without staff being notified.

Hudgell Solicitors said that insurers acting on behalf of the home accepted liability and offered five-figure damages.

A spokesman for Croft Care Group said: “The staff at the care home acted quickly when they became aware that Mrs Hudson had indeed left the care home and it is was very unfortunate that she had fallen and injured herself in this way.

“The care home staff and the company were devastated that this happened while Mrs Hudson was in our care and the staff at the home fully expressed this to Jenny.”

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