Pensioner, 94, hanged herself at care home over fears she would be moved to dementia ward
Emily Davis, 94, was found dead at her care home in Bacup, Lancashire
14:30 GMT, 30 November 2012
A 94-year-old became so paranoid about the staff at her care home that she hanged herself, a coroner has heard.
Emily Davis, believed that she was going to be moved to a dementia ward in the Olive House home for the elderly in Bacup, Lancashire, or kicked out of the home altogether despite reassurances from her son, Trevor.
Mrs David was found dead in her room at the home in July this year, four years after a previous apparent suicide attempt in 2008.
Pensioner Emily Davis was found dead at the Olive House home for the elderly in Bacup, Lancashire, pictured. She feared being moved to a dementia ward
At an inquest into her death at
Burnley Coroners’ Court this week, her son Mr Davis said he believed the
overdose was a ‘cry for help’ at a time when she was grieving for her
late husband Arthur.
He said in the months before her death she had become paranoid about staff at the home and about being moved.
Mr Davis said: 'She was convinced she was going to be moved to a dementia ward, which was the last thing she wanted.
'She’d also thought at one point she was going to be kicked out of the home altogether and I couldn’t convince her otherwise.'
He added that he believed his mother
may have intended the hanging as another cry for help and said she had
never spoken of taking her own life since the incident in 2008.
He added: ‘Her personality certainly didn’t deteriorate with her age.’
Mrs Davis also suffered from skin cancer and several other health problems.
In a statement read out to the court, care assistant Rosa Day described finding Mrs Davis, who was already dead.
The court heard Mrs Davis was not checked on during the night after signing a waiver asking not to be disturbed.
Recording a narrative verdict, coroner Richard Taylor said he could not be sure Mrs Davis had intended to take her own life.
He said: ‘I wonder whether she had the mental capacity for something quite so deliberate and intended this outcome.’
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