Accident verdict on elderly man’s fall

A DEMENTIA sufferer died after falling at a care home where he lived.

Edward Adkins, a resident at Clifden House Care Home in Seaford, died days later in hospital.

The 87-year-old, who had an interest in gardening and dogs, was sitting in the sun lounge at the home in the early hours of the morning and was being monitored by staff.

Gemma Cooper, a health care assistant at the home, told an inquest into Mr Adkin’s death that he had been agitated and confused throughout the night, adding, “During the night he became disorientated and hallucinating, causing him to walk into walls and doors.”

She said she and other staff attempted to support Mr Adkins - who had a history of falls - and take him to bed. However, he refused and they were able to sit him down in the sun lounge where staff could see him. Miss Cooper told the inquest, at Eastbourne Magistrates Court, that he stood up, immediately lost his balance and fell to the floor.

He complained of a pain in his neck and appeared to go in and out of consciousness. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Eastbourne DGH where he died two days later on February 8 this year.

Also giving evidence Pat Hurst, registered manager at the home, said he used to be active but had deteriorated in the past year.

A post mortem showed he had bruising on his arm and had suffered a fracture within the cervical spine.

Coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of accidental death.