Care home to discover results of death investigation
A police investigation into the death of an elderly tenant at a housing association-owned care home will decide later this month if any further action is needed.
Barnet Police is currently investigating the death of Yuk Kiu Lee, 72, who was a resident at Dell Field Court in Etchingham Park Road, Finchley.
Inside Housing understands there are concerns about a window at the property.
Ms Lee was found dead at the home on Saturday 10 December after reportedly falling from a first floor window. She died at the scene.
The home, which cares for older people, is owned by Catalyst Housing which has a contract with Barnet Council to provide 240 registered care beds across five homes – one of which is Dell Field Court.
Catalyst has subcontracted not-for-profit care provider Fremantle to run the home.
The death is not being treated as suspicious, but a spokesperson for Barnet Police told Inside Housing that so far four members of staff had been interviewed and a further number would be questioned. A decision will be made later in January over whether or not any action – such as criminal charges or internal discipline – should be brought.
Barnet Council said its environmental health team was also investigating the death. The Health and Safety Executive is not investigating the incident, as previously reported.
A Catalyst Housing spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of a sad incident at Dell Field Court earlier this month. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the resident’s family and friends.
‘We, along with Freemantle who manage the home, are helping social services and the police in their enquires and it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage.’
Fremantle did not respond to our calls.
A coroner’s inquest into the death has been postponed until August next year.