Settlement for family of 90-year-old woman who died after attack in Ashover care home

Enid Gregory.
Enid Gregory.

A daughter has been awarded an undisclosed settlement after her 90-year-old mother was twice attacked in a care home and died.

Jill Gregory says her mum Enid was never the same person following the two assaults committed eight days apart by another female resident at the Grove House residential care home in Ashover in December, 2012.

She instructed specialist personal injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate whether more could have been done by Peak Care, the owners of the home, to prevent her mother suffering extensive bruising, muscle damage and, ultimately, death.

In the last week, it has emerged Jill was awarded an undisclosed settlemement by the courts.

Jill, 61, said: “My mother was very settled at Grove House and was generally healthy, mentally alert and independent for a 90-year-old woman.

“That quickly changed after she was attacked and she never returned to being the woman I recognised as my mother.

“She was never able to walk again without the assistance of a nurse or carer.

“In my view she should never have been the victim of assault in the room which had become her home and where she should have been safe from harm.”

Enid suffered a severe heart attack caused by septicaemia and pneumonia and died aged 91 at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on April 17, 2013.

Douglas Laird, owner of Peak Care, said everyone was ‘very saddened’ by the death of Mrs Gregory and offered ‘sincere condolences’ to her family.

He added: “We take safeguarding and the care for our residents extremely seriously, as do all our fully-trained and qualified staff.

“The altercation between Enid and another one of our residents was fully addressed at the time by our care team.

“We understand Enid’s family’s upset at this incident and offer assurance that we have strict policies and procedures in place to deal with any situation such as this which may arise.

“We are regularly inspected by Derbyshire County Council which is satisfied of our residents’ care and support.

“The latest Care Quality Commission report in November 2015 found that residents and relatives felt extremely safe in Grove House.”