Pensioner suffering from dementia lucky to escape with his life after being attacked in care home
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The family of a pensioner claim he was lucky to escape with his life after he was attacked and badly injured at a care home.
Cyril Smith, 86, suffers from dementia and was left black and blue after an incident at Parkside Nursing Home in Mansfield. Police are investigating the incident.
Cyril, a former accountant, was rushed to King’s Mill Hospital in an Ambulance before doctors attended to his wounds and it is thought he wandered into the room of another resident when the incident took place.
His son Jeff Smith, 59, is questioning how the incident on May 5 was allowed to happen and why the police were not informed until nine days later.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it when the manager phoned to say Dad had been attacked.
“We went to the hospital and found him in a terrible state, it was awful to see Dad in such a state.
“He was black and blue, his face was a mess, his hands, arms and body were covered in bruises and his ear had curled up like a cricket ball.”
Jeff’s daughter Emma had just given birth to his first granddaughter when he heard the news – receiving a call from the care home just minutes after coming home from the hospital with the good news.
Jeff, a former salesman, said: “I’d just got back from the hospital and I was so proud but this just spoiled everything.
“I am appalled that something so serious could happen to a vulnerable old man like my dad at a care home that is supposed to be looking after him.”
The family met with Social services and Age UK on 14th May who were shocked at Jeff’s story but Cyril has now moved care homes to Bailey House care home in Mansfield.
He said: “Social services told us the home should have contacted them and the police should have been informed straight away.
“As soon as he was well enough we moved him to Bailey House – it’s been like upgrading from a B&B to a 5 star hotel. The treatment has been so much better.
“Parkside even sent us a bill for £22 for the taxi which took my dad to the hospital for a follow up treatment on his ear.”
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “We are currently investigating an alleged assault on an 86-year-old man at the Parkside Home in Mansfield on 5 May.
“At this time our enquiries are continuing.”
Parkside Care Home declined to comment.