Relatives tell of neglect inside Orchard View care home

Doris Fielding, one of 19 elderly residents who died at Orchid View care home in Copthorne, West Sussex.
Doris Fielding, one of 19 elderly residents who died at Orchid View care home in Copthorne, West Sussex. Credit: Family handout.

Relatives of the 19 elderly people who died inside Orchard View care home in Copthorne, West Sussex, told an inquest into their deaths they were concerned about the levels of care inside the home.

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Call bells were often not answered for long periods of time, and in some cases were in places that the residents could not reach.

Relatives said their loved ones were not tended to properly, were often left unattended and physically inactive for long periods of time, and were not given any mental stimulation or attention by staff.

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Elderly deaths due to neglect

Neglect contributed to the deaths of five elderly residents at the Orchid View Care Home in West Sussex, a coroner ruled today.