Retired farmer died after fall at care home

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A RETIRED farmer died from a brain bleed two days after a fall at the care home where he lived.

An inquest into the death of Albert Wilkinson (89), held at King’s Lynn on Thursday, heard he was fit enough to grow tomatoes and beans in the grounds of Bancroft Care Home, Long Sutton, when he moved in two years ago, but during the last few months his health deteriorated and he became quite frail, falling frequently.

Carers rushed to Mr Wilkinson’s room when they heard noises in the early hours of April 23 and found him on his back on the floor.

They called for emergency services but Mr Wilkinson, who was known as Des, refused to go to hospital despite efforts by the paramedic and ambulance crew.

The next morning, after speaking to his son Andrew, he changed his mind and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, where he died on April 25.

West Norfolk coroner William Armstrong heard all reasonable precautions had been taken at the home where Mr Wilkinson is remembered as a happy and fiercely independent man.

Mr Armstrong recorded a verdict of accidental death, caused by bleeding of the brain following a fall.