Dad was one of the family at care home

First published in News

THE daughter of an Evesham war veteran who died at a care home said he received the best care possible and was treated like a member of their own family by staff.

Kim Workman criticised a negative report by the Care Quality Commission about Norton Hall care home in Woodbury Park, Norton, near Worcester, which she says does not reflect the superb standard of care on offer.

Her father Ron Walker, aged 90, who fought in the RAF in the Second World War, died of vascular dementia at Norton Hall on January 7 following an earlier stroke.

The grandfather was secretary of the Burma Star Association in Evesham and a standard bearer.

He was described by his daughter as a ‘fantastic father’ and a regular at VJ Remembrance services, wearing his medals with pride.

During the war he provided vital intelligence to the Allies in the fight against the Japanese, faced enemy sniper fire and may have saved the lives of villagers by persuading them to come with him before the Japanese arrived.

Mrs Workman, aged 52, of Churchill Road, Sedgeberrow, said: “The way the home dealt with his last few hours should be used as an example to other homes.

They made sure I was able to be with him.

“I was able to tell my 87- year-old mum Edna that my dad died peacefully and with dignity. I will forever be indebted to Norton Hall for allowing my dad to live the last years of his life with an extended family who loved him as much as we did.”

Mrs Workman said a report published by the Care Quality Commission earlier this month which called for improvements in cleanliness did not reflect the standard of care delivered at Norton Hall, focusing too much on problems and not enough on ‘the human side of care’.

She also said her father’s health and happiness improved ‘dramatically’ while he was there. His funeral was held at All Saints Church, Evesham last Thursday.

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