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Pensioner Requires Stitches After Fall

Monday May 20 2013


Pensioner fall results in stitches Pensioner fall results in stitches


A PENSIONER was left with 41 stitches in her face and leg after falling on her garden path for a second time - nine months after she asked Berneslai Homes for a handrail.

Doreen Derbyshire, 84, of Claycliffe Avenue, Redbrook, had been out to admire her garden and was walking back to her front door when she fell.

She was laid on the floor for 20 minutes until a neighbour found her and called an ambulance.

Doreen said: "I used to love to go out and sit in my garden on a fine day but I've been nervous on that path since my last fall and now I'm frightened to go out."

Doreen had grab-rails fitted down the steps outside her door after she fell in August, and her family asked Berneslai Homes to fit railings along the 11-metre long path.

They claimed workmen came to measure up but that no-one turned up to do the work and they were then told the rails would not be fitted.

After her latest fall last Wednesday, Doreen's family contacted Berneslai Homes again, who told them Doreen should use a wheelchair when using her garden path.

Her granddaughter Joanne, 32, of Rowland Road, Gawber, said she had been told by Berneslai Homes they would fit rails along the path if Doreen paid £8,000.

After an appeal, Mrs Derbyshire's case is being reviewed and she'll find out this month if it's been successful.

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Reply Posted by Janice on Monday May 20 2013 at 10:46
Hope the old lady is ok but if she should be in a wheelchair she should be in a wheelchair £8000 is a lot to be spending on a handrail that may or may not have helped

You have to live with your limitations unfortunately

Reply Posted by Alison on Monday May 20 2013 at 11:09
Barnsley council want to be ashamed of themselves they can't see fit to help this OAP but they'll spend thousands erecting a goddam montrosity outside townhall what the hell's happening!!!

Reply Posted by les on Monday May 20 2013 at 11:30
I would like to know where 8,000 pounds comes into it . is it hand delivered by the queen

Reply Posted by maz on Monday May 20 2013 at 11:41
hope the lady is ok and well said Alison they spend money on druggie's and alcoholic's so why should'ent that lady have an hand rail she will have paid into the system

Reply Posted by Andrew on Monday May 20 2013 at 11:42
Bless this lady! If she is capable of standing in her garden she is capable of walking down a path all she needs is a little assistance if she feels uneasy on her feet, if I was in her position I wouldn't want to be in a wheelchair unless it was absolutely necessary!

My gran has had 2 falls in her garden and the council came out and filled in the edges of the paths with concrete, but put in no handrails, did nothing to the uneven steps that were put in originally by the council, and did nothing to the concrete drying area she has at the back which is lifting up and cracking all over the place where she fell!

The council then turned around and said she shouldn't go on that area as it is unsafe but they are not going to try and improve the area!

My gran is now scared to go into the garden and now has to put all her washing on airers inside the house, which she hates doing!

The amount of money that is put into 'improving' Barnsley's aesthetic appearance, I feel could be used to improve the practicalities of Barnsley centre and the quality of life for some of the older generations within the community, at a fraction of the cost.

Reply Posted by Barry on Monday May 20 2013 at 11:53
Could have a gold plated handrail for £8000 fitted. Shocking our elderly have to ask for such essential equipment

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Monday May 20 2013 at 12:13
I really really hope that £8,000 of public money is not spent providing a hand rail in someones back garden.

Reply Posted by lyndon on Monday May 20 2013 at 18:17
8 grand?? They're pikey prices

Reply Posted by Sarah on Monday May 20 2013 at 21:06
There is a difference between standing and mo bilising. And whatever happened to promoting independence in the elderly in their own home as much as possible. Not to mention the risk of pressure sores for any length of time in a wheelchair. To think this lady paid her stamps all these years, her husband likely fought in the war, and this is what, she gets back.... I'd like to see Berneslai homes settle out of court compensation of 8000for her... The poor lady

Reply Posted by concerned on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 11:20
her family should contact help the aged and age concern youd be supprised how much help they can be in situations like this

Reply Posted by Kipper on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 19:57
Christ alive - I reckon some bloke on market will know a kid who'll do it for £250 all in. Just don't tell revenues and customs.

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest. on Wednesday May 22 2013 at 20:33
8 grand is nothing I asked for the council to adopt our road, which is part of the main road anyway and not private, for 150 yards of tarmaccing, 250,0000

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest. on Wednesday May 22 2013 at 20:33
actually it was 100 yards