An inquest into the death of a 92-year-old at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital heard that she had been attacked by a fellow resident at a Downham care home two months before.
District coroner William Armstrong said Cissie Bond was a retired land and factory worker, formerly of Hilgay, who had been living at Diamond House care home as she was suffering from dementia.
Care manager Pat Collins said Mrs Bond had been living at the home for about four years and was physically and mentally frail.
She said Mrs Bond’s condition made her very aggressive towards staff and she could be verbally aggressive to other residents.
Mr Armstrong read a statement from a staff member on duty at Diamond House on August 29 which said that Mrs Bond was walking down the corridor when another resident walked towards her.
Mrs Bond had screamed and shouted at him and the man, who was also a dementia sufferer, pushed her to the floor.
Mrs Bond was assessed for injuries and was agitated and complained of pain to her hip.
Paramedics took her to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was found to have fractured her hip.
Mr Armstrong heard that doctors operated on Mrs Bond to repair the fracture but her post-operative recovery was complicated by her refusal to co-operate with physiotherapy, observations, food, drink and medication.
He said: “Despite the hospital’s efforts her condition deteriorated and she died on October 10.”
The cause of death was pneumonia with Alzheimer’s and advanced dementia as a contributing factor.
Police investigated the assault but there was no criminal investigation as the man who pushed Mrs Bond also suffered from dementia and did not have the mental capacity to form intent or to answer questions.
Mr Armstrong concluded that Mrs Bond died from pneumonia as a result of immobility, following an operation for a fractured femur.
The fracture was caused when Mrs Bond was subject to an attack when she was a resident at a care home.
Mr Armstrong said it was important to remember that Mrs Bond should not be defined by the condition which she suffered from in later years, but remembered for her life before that.