91-year-old died from serious chest injuries one week after moving into Blackpool care home

An elderly woman died of serious chest injuries just a week after moving into a new care home, an inquest heard.

The court was told mother-of-two Luba Limonczenko, 91, died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Friday, January 26 from ‘unexplained injuries’.

Hollins Bank Care Home

Hollins Bank Care Home

A post-mortem examination later found she died from ‘blunt chest trauma’, the inquest, which opened at Blackpool town hall on Thursday afternoon, was told.

Coroner Alan Wilson heard how Mrs Limonczenko, who was born in Belarus, had moved into the Hollins Bank Care Home, on Lytham Road, South Shore with her husband Ivan a week before her death.

Mr Wilson (inset) said: “Luba Limonczenko was staying at Hollins Bank, and on the evening of January 25 she was regarded as having taken ill.

“She was transferred to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where we were told her condition deteriorated and she passed away on January 26 from unexplained injuries.”

Coroner Alan Wilson

Coroner Alan Wilson

Two days before her death, Mrs Limoncenzko was seen by a doctor from Arnold Medical Centre at the request of her daughter, Walentina Karasandt-Limon. Mrs Karasandt-Limon visited her mum three times the following day, the court was told.

Inspectors visited the Hollins Bank Care Home days after Mrs Limoncenzko’s death, after the health watchdog Care Quality Commission ‘received information about a serious incident’ there.

They rated it ‘good’ in all areas, the second best score. A report said: “People we spoke with told us they felt safe living at Hollins Bank. When we discussed the principles of safeguarding people against potential harm or abuse with staff, they demonstrated a good awareness.”

The inquest is to be resumed on Thursday, July 19.