Son seeks answers after mother dies in nursing home


Jody Bradley-Meerwald’s mother, Doris, entered a nursing home in October last year, and nine months later, on June 25, 2021, passed away.

But when he unpacked his things on his return from the nursing home, he found a series of frightening notes she had taken detailing her concerns about her care.

“Find out what pills they gave me,” said a note.

“Terrible pain all over. I was asked for medication, told there was nothing wrong with you,” read another.

Mr Bradley-Meerwald also discovered that his mother had repeatedly called Advocare, an independent senior rights organization in WA.

He is looking for transcripts of those calls and wants to know what happened to his mother in her final months and if her care was adequate.

A note found by Jody Bradley-Meerwald after the death of his mother.(

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“She knew what was going on”

When Doris Bradley-Meerwald entered CraigCare in the Ascot suburb of Perth, she had serious health issues including a history of cervical and bowel cancer, was using an ostomy bag and had difficulty moving.

But her son said the 93-year-old did not have dementia and was fully aware of what was going on, and a few months later she started complaining about her treatment at home.

“In December 2020, she started to mention that she had forgotten some medication,” he told Nadia Mitsopoulos on ABC Radio Perth.

One of the notes found by Jody Bradley-Meerwald
One of the notes Jody Bradley-Meerwald found after his mother died.(

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“His eye drops for his glaucoma hadn’t been put on correctly, they had missed the eye.

“The drugs that had to be administered in the evening ended up being [given] at midnight or the next morning.

“I followed up with the nurse and they reassured me that it was given. So, you know, I didn’t really know who to believe.

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Ambulance canceled

Mr Bradley-Meerwald also discovered hospital notes showing his mother called an ambulance in May due to pain, but this was canceled by CraigCare staff before another ambulance was called the next day. to take him to the hospital.

He said he was not informed at the time.

“[They were] just making those decisions, they weren’t calling me about it, so it was just decisions they were making, putting my mom in danger, “he said.

He said that she had also spoken to friends about her treatment but had not told him everything; he suspects it was because she didn’t want to worry him.

“I think because I have a business,” he said.

“And I think the other thing was because I put her in this facility, I think she didn’t want to blame me for it all.

“But, you know, I wish something had happened before he passed away.”

Audit reports concerns about installation

In an audit in January, the Elderly Care Quality and Safety Commission uncovered some areas of non-compliance at CraigCare Ascot Waters.

Another audit in March found the home could not demonstrate safe and effective clinical care, citing concerns about falls, fractures and malnutrition among residents.

In May, penalties were imposed on CraigCare Ascot Waters, forcing it to improve in several areas and making it ineligible to receive Commonwealth grants for any new care recipient for six months.

In a statement to the CBA, CraigCare expressed its deep condolences to the family of Ms Bradley-Meerwald.

“Although we cannot publicly discuss the health and care of individual residents, we have been in contact with Ms Bradley-Meerwald’s son to offer to speak to him about his concerns,” he said.

“The residents of CraigCare Ascot Waters continue to receive the highest quality care while our work with the Elderly Care Quality and Safety Commission on our improvement program is ongoing.

“We are confident that we will bring the house back to full compliance within the timeframe set by the commission.”

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Doris Bradley-Meerwald passed away in June, leaving her son with questions about his final months.(

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“It’s just not good enough”

Although it is too late to help his mother, Mr Bradley-Meerwald has said he wants answers about the treatment she received at CraigCare and to make sure this does not happen to others. families.

“I think ideally what I want is change,” he said.

“I feel deeply disturbed by what happened to mom.

“I just want to see changes in the industry because I think we’re all going to get there one day.


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