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Care home resident is attacked with walking stick

2014-10-29 16:46:15

Hazel Sanders

These are the shocking injuries sustained by a frail 92-year-old, battered with a walking stick during harrowing violence at her care home.

Hazel Sanders, her head split and body black and blue from the beating, remains in hospital after last Thursday night's attack.

Her daughter, Mary Sanders, told The Birmingham Mail: "I fear she won't last very long.

"She is confused, frightened and very fragile. This has really knocked her about. She is a scared lady."

Hazel Sanders
The bruises sustained by Hazel Sanders after she was attacked by another resident of the Karam Court care home in Smethwick.

Hazel Sanders
The Karam Court care home in Smethwick.

Mary, from Edgbaston, is demanding to know how a fellow resident at Smethwick's Karam Court Care Home - a man with known mental health issues - was able to repeatedly smash his stick against Hazel's skull.

However, the home stressed staff reacted within seconds, acted appropriately and flagged-up the incident with the authorities.

Hazel, from Quinton, was moved to the home in May after succumbing to depression.

Her daughter claimed: "He approached my mother as she was walking to her bedroom. As he hit her - bang, bang, bang - she was pleading, 'if you want money, just take it'. There was no one around. He could’ve killed her."

Staff pulled the unnamed attacker off, but Mary is furious he is still at the home, which specialises in dementia care. She is demanding he is sectioned.

"This has been handled very badly," said the 71-year-old. "I have not received an apology.

"This is a man with issues and they gave him a stick because he refused a zimmer frame. Why was he not being watched? Who else is he going to attack?"

Bosses at Karam Court told Mary of the attack at 7.20pm. They also contacted police.

The doting daughter rushed to Sandwell Hospital and was stunned to see the extent of Hazel’s injuries. Her fingers were so swollen, her wedding ring had to be cut free.

On Saturday, Hazel was transferred to City Hospital.

"She won't be returning to Karam Court," vowed Mary. "She is terrified about returning there."

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called to Karam Court Nursing Home, Smethwick, on October 23, following a report a woman in her 90s had been assaulted by another resident - a man in his 80s.

"The woman suffered bruising to her wrist, arm and head after being hit with a walking stick.

"Inquiries are currently ongoing and police are liaising with the home, the injured woman and her family over the matter."

A spokesman for Karam Court Care Home said: "The incident happened in a corridor and staff were aware of it within seconds, coming to Mrs Sanders' aid and restraining the other resident.

"An ambulance was called immediately and, in line with our procedures, the police, Care Quality Commission, council safeguarding and both families were contacted.

"The police have confirmed that no charges will be brought and we are satisfied that our staff reacted appropriately under the circumstances."

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