Bereaved family receive pay-out

Aileen Mather, who died following a fall, with her husband John
Aileen Mather, who died following a fall, with her husband John
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The family of an elderly woman who died after suffering a fall at a council care home have received an undisclosed compensation pay-out.

Jillian Davies’ mother, Aileen Mather, broke her hip in a fall at Seddon Court on Prescot Road, Eccleston, in June 2012.

The 84-year-old grandmother-of-five was then taken to hospital without any of her medication.

They also claimed no individual care plans were created for Mrs Mather. She underwent an operation but died several days later.

Her daughter subsequently pursued legal action against Seddon Court for breaching their duty of care.

However, a spokeswoman for St Helens Council said that no fault was found on the part of the care home in a subsequent investigation conducted by council officials.

The care home, which the council announced this summer is set to close, recently settled the claim, paying an undisclosed fee without admitting liability.

Mrs Davies, 50, of Newton-le-Willows, said: “When I rang to inform the home of my mother’s passing I was really disappointed with the manager. There was no apology.

“I want to tell others about my experience so other families can be aware of the neglect people can suffer in a care home. I’m relieved to finally receive justice.”

A council spokeswoman said: “A full investigation of Mrs Mather’s emergency admission to Seddon Court and subsequent admission to hospital was undertaken and no fault was found on the part of the care home.

“This incident played no part in the decision to close Seddon Court.”