A "loving and jolly" spruce died after a latex glove got stuck in the neck of a nursing home, a preliminary investigation has heard.
Irene Collins, 78, lived in the Firbank House in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, and suffered from both Alzheimer's and vascular dementia.
An inquest in her death heard Irene found dead on June 16, last year before a post mortem was performed several days later, a latex glove found "firm" inserted into her larynx.
The case was referred to a home office therapist, who found that Mrs Collins had died as a result of an upper airway obstruction and that her dementia may have contributed because it could have caused her to "act abnormally". 1
He also found a low concentration of lorazepam in her blood – a drug often prescribed for short-term treatment of anxiety and insomnia.
During the first day of an investigated in her death, the court heard that Collins had placed foreign objects in her mouth on two occasions – a chalk paper and flowers.
These incidents were communicated only to the nursing home manager and an elderly caregiver after her death, Manchester Evening News reports.
Irene daughter Tracy told Stockport Coroners Court her mother was "always on the go" and they would often tie their arms and go through the nursing home during their regular visits.
"She was very happy, loving, a very jolly person, always smiling," Tracy told the court.
"She was a very nice person, inside and out."
"I hope I am like her."
She added: "Mom was always on her way, even when I grew up, she was always on the way. "
Mamma-of-Two Mrs. Collins lived in South Africa with her husband Brian for 20 years, but the couple returned to Stalybridge in 2010, Hearing was heard.
At that time, Tracy began to notice changes in her mother and she was diagnosed with "mixed dementia" in 2015.
Collins died suddenly in 2017 and moved to Firbank which she could not live on her own.
Inquest heard how Collins' health had deteriorated during his time in the home, she had gained weight, was often a gitated and it had taken her some time to settle.
Mental health professionals said her combination of physical illnesses had probably accelerated her dementia and she probably reached the end of her illness in June 2018. She actually killed the 16th month and found herself sitting up in a chair with a blanket over her legs in the lounge.
Staff reported death via 999 and Collings and her daughter Samantha called home.
A paramedic came later to confirm that she had died, heard the court.
Senior assistant Kim Green described Mrs Collins as a "lovely lady" who would often accompany staff around the nursing home when they worked or hit other residents' rooms to throw clothes.
"If she walked away, she was very fast," she said.  Mrs Green had previously said to the police's wife Collins would "pick up things and put them in their mouths" – a move that only came to her attention after her death, she said.
The care assistant said she had never seen Grandma put anything in herself as she would have reported it to the manager and assistant manager if she had.
Responding to the question of why lorazepam was found in her blood, Green insisted that the residents were monitored when they took medicine and pills were not placed around the home.
Since Mrs Collin's death, all latex gloves are locked away; The lock doors are locked. and there are "better care plans and a better examination system," she said.
Former chief Tina Riley explained that she only worked at home for a short spelling between April and July 2018 before he "headhunted" and moved to another home.
She said she had worked on a service improvement plan to improve home records during that time.
Mrs. Riley said that Collins was "always in terms of staff", but there were probably periods when she was not under observation.
She explained how Collins often got upset, frustrated and needed a lot of attention, but was also very in love.