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Failings at a nursing home causes death

25 May 2010

Alan Simper died of infected multiple pressure sores as a result of care failings by Swiss Cottage Nursing Home. He suffered from Parkinsons and dementia and was cared for at home by his wife, however when he was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and cognitive deterioration she was informed that she could no longer care for him. As a result he was admitted to a nursing home. The nursing home that our client turned to claimed that they were able to take care of Mr Simper. When he was admitted to the home he had three minor sores. When Mrs Simper went to visit him the following day she found him covered in bruises and congealed blood, rocking methodically on the floor. The lack of care provided by the Nurses was communicated to the Nursing home. Sadly Mr Simper passed away a few days later. The care provided by the Nursing home was appalling, wounds were not treated and dressed properly and Mr Simper’s pressure sores had had multiplied to eighteen which had inadequate and old dressing on. All these factors had contributed to his death. The nursing home had completely neglected Mr Simper and his needs which had directly caused his death. Our expert medical negligence solicitors have represented the family and have highlighted that care homes across the country need to provide elderly people with the levels of care they need. For more information on this case read our press release