Staff panicked after finding Ronald Dean, 86, lifeless on his knees in a praying position in his ‘freezing’ room where a window had been left open
Staff at a care home panicked when they discovered an elderly man dead on the floor then lifted him back into bed and told relatives he ‘died peacefully in his sleep’, a court heard.
Ronald Dean, 86, a devout Catholic, was found lifeless on his knees in a praying position in his ‘freezing’ room where a window had been left open on January 8, last year.
The retired milkman had previously been in ‘high spirits’ and was due to give his daughter away at her wedding on the day of his death, the Manchester Evening News reported .
The amateur singer had been a resident of Lever Edge Care home in Bolton for six months and was supposed to receive round-the-clock care for a series of ailments, including Alzheimer’s.
But that Friday night only five of six staff were on duty which meant that one of the carers, Danielle Menzies, was left to cope on a section for residents with dementia on her own, the court heard.
She failed to check him at 6am and found his naked body on the floor, in the praying position, at 6.30am.