An elderly man died after being pushed to the floor by another resident in a care home.
Dementia sufferer Colin Coggin, aged 92, suffered a fractured hip in the ‘altercation’ at Norton Lees Residential Home in Sheffield.
A Sheffield inquest heard there was a history of friction between the two men, who were both residents of the home’s elderly mental institute unit.
Care assistant Josiane Mboda said: “I couldn’t hear what they were saying. I could see it, but not hear any words. The other resident just pushed Colin on the floor.”
Mr Coggin was reported to have liked walking around the home and, at the time of the altercation, was walking past a toilet the other resident was using.
Ms Mboda said: “When the other resident was coming out of the toilet, Colin started talking to him.”
Christine Butcher, Mr Coggin’s daughter, said she was aware of friction between the two.
Mrs Butcher said: “It is very difficult looking after people like that, I couldn’t do it.”
Detective Sergeant Graham Stead, who investigated the death, said officers decided it was not appropriate to question the other man involved.
“It became immediately obvious it was not appropriate to gain any evidence from him because of his suffering of dementia or Alzheimer’s,” he said.
Recording a narrative verdict, South Yorkshire assistant coroner Louise Slater, said: “Mr Coggin died of the injuries he received as a result of the altercation between him and another resident.”