Care home issues legal warning to family after post showing injured pensioner goes viral

Joanna Morris, Reporter, The Northern Echo, Darllington, UK

A care home operator is threatening a family with legal action after a social media post about their injured relative went viral. The post resulted in threats being made against staff at Thornaby’s Woodside Grange after the family of 90-year-old Johnny Frank published a photograph showing injuries he suffered following a suspected fall. Mr. Frank, who has dementia, and was in the home for a spell of respite care, was rushed to hospital after being found with head injuries by staff following the unwitnessed incident of Friday, September 22. A spokesman for the home said staff immediately called and kept the pensioner’s family informed. However, shortly afterwards his granddaughter in Australia took to Facebook and accused staff of not doing enough to clarify the circumstances which caused him to be injured.

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