A five-week investigation into the deaths of five elderly people at the Orchid View nursing home, located in the village of Copthorne in West Sussex, England, has been concluded. The coroner has determined that the deaths were caused in part by caretaker negligence.
The coroner found that 24 residents of the nursing home who died recently had suffered “sub-optimal” care at the hands of the nursing home staff, and that five of those wrongful deaths were at least partially attributable to elder neglect.
The coroner stated that although Wilfred Gardner, 85, Margaret Tucker, 77, Enid Trodden, 86, John Holmes, 85, and Jean Halfpenny, 77, each died of natural causes, their ailments were exacerbated by the poor quality of care they received at the nursing home. Many residents of the nursing home received incorrect doses of medication, and staff shortages at the facility resulted in numerous residents being left soiled. Resident call bells also were unanswered for long periods of time. This put residents at increased risk for serious injury or death from their preexisting injuries and illnesses.
Orchid View is no longer in operation, but in 2010, the facility received a “good” rating from the United Kingdom Care Quality Commission. This was just one year before it shuttered its doors.
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