AN ELDERLY woman died following an unwitnessed fall at a border care home, an inquest concluded.

Glennice Maureen Bridson, aged 85, was living in Evendine House Care Home, in Colwall, when she fell in her bedroom on November 25.

An inquest held at Hereford Town Hall on Monday heard that Mrs Bridson initially seemed uninjured but an ambulance was called the following morning due to her breathlessness.

She was taken to Hereford County Hospital and offered possible treatments but declined. Mrs Bridson was deemed to have capacity to make the decision and her daughter agreed. She passed away on November 27.

Tania Henzell-Thomas felt her mother was treated with compassion from Evendine House Care Home and Hereford County Hospital and her wishes were respected.

"She suffered with anxiety and when she wanted to get up she found it difficult to wait for assistance," said Mrs Henzell-Thomas.

"Despite their best efforts they couldn't always get there in time. As a result it was always possible that she could fall before they managed to get to her."

Deputy coroner for Herefordshire Roland Wooderson concluded that the death was accidental.

He added that the cause of death was pneumothorax and rib fractures due to a fall with a contributing factor of frailty.