Pensioner’s death verdict

The death of an elderly man who was a resident at an Ilkeston nursing home has been ruled as ‘accidental’ by a coroner,

Leonord Charles, 88, a resident at Rutland Manor Nursing Home on Heanor Road died on January 30, 2013. An inquest into his death was held at Derby and South Derbyshire Corner’s court by assistant deputy coroner Paul McCandless.

A post-mortem revealed that Mr Charles, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, died from a chest infection. His health had deteriorated following a fall at the home which resulted in an operation on his hip.

The court heard evidence from the home, read out by the coroner, that Mr Charles had been at high risk of falls. In December he had fallen while at the home and was taken to hospital where he underwent an operation for a fractured hip.

He was a in a stable condition in hospital until January 20 when his condition declined and he developed hypothermia.

Mr McCandless said: “I am satisfied it is more likely than not that the death was due to accident.”