Pensioner saved after Preston Park care home rooftop drama

A man clings to the fire escape outside Princess Alexandra House in Preston Park Avenue

A man clings to the fire escape outside Princess Alexandra House in Preston Park Avenue

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A PENSIONER was hauled to safety after spending 11 hours clinging to the fire escape of a retirement home.

The man, who is believed to be in his 80s, was taken hold of by two people shortly after 6.30pm yesterday on the second floor of the Princess Alexandra House in Preston Park Avenue, Brighton. He is believed to have been there since 7.30am.

Police closed a section of the road as officers tried to talk the pensioner, who was wearing his pyjamas, down from the top of the 25ft escape.

Up to five police cars, an ambulance and a fire engine were on the scene throughout the day and the road was closed.

Shortly after 6.35pm two figures appeared on the fire escape and grabbed the man before pulling him over the railing to safety. He was taken away in an ambulance. A neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I saw him up there this morning when I left for work at 9am. I can’t believe he has been up there all day. I’m just glad he is ok.”

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “The man, believed to be in his 80s, was threatening to harm himself.”

The retirement home declined to comment.

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9:00am Thu 31 Jul 14

TIMBURRY says...

No food or drink and missing for 11 hours and no comment from the nursing home, and the police are sticking up for the home by saying he was threating to self harm. Hope he has friends and family who while force an investigation into what really cause him to be on the escape.
No food or drink and missing for 11 hours and no comment from the nursing home, and the police are sticking up for the home by saying he was threating to self harm. Hope he has friends and family who while force an investigation into what really cause him to be on the escape. TIMBURRY
  • Score: 14

9:31am Thu 31 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

What a really sad story. God only knows what goes in on these nursing homes.
What a really sad story. God only knows what goes in on these nursing homes. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: 16

10:04am Thu 31 Jul 14

babsticals says...

Poor old bugger,let's hope he is well cared for in the future.
Poor old bugger,let's hope he is well cared for in the future. babsticals
  • Score: 15

10:09am Thu 31 Jul 14

florence17 says...

why on earth was this poor man left so long .why didn,t the staff alert the appropriate services .why no comment from them ?
why on earth was this poor man left so long .why didn,t the staff alert the appropriate services .why no comment from them ? florence17
  • Score: 5

10:12am Thu 31 Jul 14

florence17 says...

why was this poor man left so long?were the the rescue services called to try and talk him into coming down .more to the point why was doing this .was he frightened of something or someone? hope this will be fully investigated
why was this poor man left so long?were the the rescue services called to try and talk him into coming down .more to the point why was doing this .was he frightened of something or someone? hope this will be fully investigated florence17
  • Score: 4

10:18am Thu 31 Jul 14

opinionated83 says...

This is disgusting on so many levels! The home and the staff have a duty to safeguard their residents, what the hell were they doing!?
I hope there is a full investigation from CQC and the Adult Social Services about this.
Poor, poor man
This is disgusting on so many levels! The home and the staff have a duty to safeguard their residents, what the hell were they doing!? I hope there is a full investigation from CQC and the Adult Social Services about this. Poor, poor man opinionated83
  • Score: 6

10:41am Thu 31 Jul 14

applecore says...

I'm not entirely comfortable with him being pictured.
It seems incredibly intrusive for what appears to be an incredibly tragic incident.
He is clearly identifiable.
Is it appropriate and within decent guidelines?
I'm not entirely comfortable with him being pictured. It seems incredibly intrusive for what appears to be an incredibly tragic incident. He is clearly identifiable. Is it appropriate and within decent guidelines? applecore
  • Score: 16

11:09am Thu 31 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

applecore wrote:
I'm not entirely comfortable with him being pictured.
It seems incredibly intrusive for what appears to be an incredibly tragic incident.
He is clearly identifiable.
Is it appropriate and within decent guidelines?
Yes, I agree. He deserves privacy and respect, not people gawping. Delete the photo.
[quote][p][bold]applecore[/bold] wrote: I'm not entirely comfortable with him being pictured. It seems incredibly intrusive for what appears to be an incredibly tragic incident. He is clearly identifiable. Is it appropriate and within decent guidelines?[/p][/quote]Yes, I agree. He deserves privacy and respect, not people gawping. Delete the photo. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: 12

12:23pm Thu 31 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

What goes on in Care Homes is not monitored properly at all.

When social services visit they accept whatever they are told and check nothing they are told.

This is why so much goes on without anything being done to change it.

An elderly person can quickly lose half their body weight, especially if they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's and nothing is done about this by care homes or social services, it's seen as perfectly acceptable - it is not IMO. It is neglect and for the prices charged by these homes it is 100% unacceptable. Many elderly pay £750 per week and receive food to the cost of £15 or less - that is not right.
What goes on in Care Homes is not monitored properly at all. When social services visit they accept whatever they are told and check nothing they are told. This is why so much goes on without anything being done to change it. An elderly person can quickly lose half their body weight, especially if they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's and nothing is done about this by care homes or social services, it's seen as perfectly acceptable - it is not IMO. It is neglect and for the prices charged by these homes it is 100% unacceptable. Many elderly pay £750 per week and receive food to the cost of £15 or less - that is not right. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 7

2:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

zapstar says...

I am a family member or another resident at this rest home & would like to let u all know that the emergency services were alerted straight away & that the home had in no way been neglectful if I felt this was the case I would be moving my relative straight away. He is always well cared for by all members of staff & does not want for anything. The member of staff who was on duty that day was one of the best you could ask for & my relitive thinks very highly of her. I think before all you people start judging this home you should get your story straight. The man concerned seemed happy & in no way that way inclined I was talking to him on Sunday & he seemed his normal self so was a shock for everyone! My thoughts are with him & his family at this time.
I am a family member or another resident at this rest home & would like to let u all know that the emergency services were alerted straight away & that the home had in no way been neglectful if I felt this was the case I would be moving my relative straight away. He is always well cared for by all members of staff & does not want for anything. The member of staff who was on duty that day was one of the best you could ask for & my relitive thinks very highly of her. I think before all you people start judging this home you should get your story straight. The man concerned seemed happy & in no way that way inclined I was talking to him on Sunday & he seemed his normal self so was a shock for everyone! My thoughts are with him & his family at this time. zapstar
  • Score: 20

3:34pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Nick Brighton says...

The Argus should make it clear that this is a Care home, rather than a Retirement home. The staff ratios and capacity of the residents is different between the two. My mother is in a Retirement home. She has the freedom to come and go as she pleases. I believe that in a Care home, the level of duty of care is different. I would imagine that talking to the Argus is pretty low on their list of priorities as they will no doubt be talking to the police, Social Services and the Care Quality Commission. In terms paying £750 per week and food only costing £15 per week, that is a misleading statement. In addition to that, there have to be a minimum of two nursing staff on duty 24 x 365. They have to pay the catering and cleaning staff. They have to pay to maintain and improve the building. They have to pay business rates. It all adds up.
The Argus should make it clear that this is a Care home, rather than a Retirement home. The staff ratios and capacity of the residents is different between the two. My mother is in a Retirement home. She has the freedom to come and go as she pleases. I believe that in a Care home, the level of duty of care is different. I would imagine that talking to the Argus is pretty low on their list of priorities as they will no doubt be talking to the police, Social Services and the Care Quality Commission. In terms paying £750 per week and food only costing £15 per week, that is a misleading statement. In addition to that, there have to be a minimum of two nursing staff on duty 24 x 365. They have to pay the catering and cleaning staff. They have to pay to maintain and improve the building. They have to pay business rates. It all adds up. Nick Brighton
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

zapstar says...

Princess Alexandra house is a residential home so they can come & go as they please I often see this man & another resident walking in the park it is a totally different set of rules for them than in a nursing home. As for the cost this is place is quite reasonable in comparison to some others in the area & you are paying for much more than meals the care staff help residents with getting dressed etc if they need a help & also all bills included like electric water all clothes washed & dried & rooms cleaned. They are always good to us when we visit & bring relatives teas & coffees & juice & biscuits for the children. Have even gave my dogs biscuits & water when we walk there! They really are a lovely bunch & go out of their way to help. I am very sad about all these bad comments written when nobody actually knows what happened that day & you are all jumping to your own conclusions about the home & that is something u do not know about.
Princess Alexandra house is a residential home so they can come & go as they please I often see this man & another resident walking in the park it is a totally different set of rules for them than in a nursing home. As for the cost this is place is quite reasonable in comparison to some others in the area & you are paying for much more than meals the care staff help residents with getting dressed etc if they need a help & also all bills included like electric water all clothes washed & dried & rooms cleaned. They are always good to us when we visit & bring relatives teas & coffees & juice & biscuits for the children. Have even gave my dogs biscuits & water when we walk there! They really are a lovely bunch & go out of their way to help. I am very sad about all these bad comments written when nobody actually knows what happened that day & you are all jumping to your own conclusions about the home & that is something u do not know about. zapstar
  • Score: 7

5:12pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

zapstar wrote:
Princess Alexandra house is a residential home so they can come & go as they please I often see this man & another resident walking in the park it is a totally different set of rules for them than in a nursing home. As for the cost this is place is quite reasonable in comparison to some others in the area & you are paying for much more than meals the care staff help residents with getting dressed etc if they need a help & also all bills included like electric water all clothes washed & dried & rooms cleaned. They are always good to us when we visit & bring relatives teas & coffees & juice & biscuits for the children. Have even gave my dogs biscuits & water when we walk there! They really are a lovely bunch & go out of their way to help. I am very sad about all these bad comments written when nobody actually knows what happened that day & you are all jumping to your own conclusions about the home & that is something u do not know about.
I quite agree. And more to the point, posting drivel without even reading the story first. The story makes it quite plain that Emergency Services were there all day. The Argus at no point suggests that the Home refused to comment, or even that they were asked for a comment. Neither is there the remotest suggestion that the Home was in any way neglectful or at fault.

The basic problem is that people have their pet subjects which they are going to preach about regardless of relevance. Hence you will regularly see some idiot trying to steer a conversation in the direction of travellers, immigrants, or the Green Party despite this having no relevance to the story.
[quote][p][bold]zapstar[/bold] wrote: Princess Alexandra house is a residential home so they can come & go as they please I often see this man & another resident walking in the park it is a totally different set of rules for them than in a nursing home. As for the cost this is place is quite reasonable in comparison to some others in the area & you are paying for much more than meals the care staff help residents with getting dressed etc if they need a help & also all bills included like electric water all clothes washed & dried & rooms cleaned. They are always good to us when we visit & bring relatives teas & coffees & juice & biscuits for the children. Have even gave my dogs biscuits & water when we walk there! They really are a lovely bunch & go out of their way to help. I am very sad about all these bad comments written when nobody actually knows what happened that day & you are all jumping to your own conclusions about the home & that is something u do not know about.[/p][/quote]I quite agree. And more to the point, posting drivel without even reading the story first. The story makes it quite plain that Emergency Services were there all day. The Argus at no point suggests that the Home refused to comment, or even that they were asked for a comment. Neither is there the remotest suggestion that the Home was in any way neglectful or at fault. The basic problem is that people have their pet subjects which they are going to preach about regardless of relevance. Hence you will regularly see some idiot trying to steer a conversation in the direction of travellers, immigrants, or the Green Party despite this having no relevance to the story. Goldenwight
  • Score: 4

5:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Mick the driver says...

I have a friend that lives in Princess Alexandra Home & cannot recommend it highly enough. This is a residential home but more to the point my friend calls it "his home" He is always telling me of how good they are to him & how all his needs are met. I visit him regularly & myself have seen the high level of care given to all the residents living there. I know from first hand experience that should ambulances or doctors be needed then the staff are very quick to call them. This is an individually owned residential home & not a national chain of homes so the staff become like friends to residents & visitors alike. All staff members are always helpful & cheerful & do the right thing for the residents. I suspect some of these negative comments written are not from anyone with first hand knowledge of this home as it is in direct contradiction with what i have witnessed & gleaned from the staff & residents.
I have a friend that lives in Princess Alexandra Home & cannot recommend it highly enough. This is a residential home but more to the point my friend calls it "his home" He is always telling me of how good they are to him & how all his needs are met. I visit him regularly & myself have seen the high level of care given to all the residents living there. I know from first hand experience that should ambulances or doctors be needed then the staff are very quick to call them. This is an individually owned residential home & not a national chain of homes so the staff become like friends to residents & visitors alike. All staff members are always helpful & cheerful & do the right thing for the residents. I suspect some of these negative comments written are not from anyone with first hand knowledge of this home as it is in direct contradiction with what i have witnessed & gleaned from the staff & residents. Mick the driver
  • Score: 2

8:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Katie123456789987654321 says...

My friend is in Princess Alexandra House me and my husband are more than happy with the care. Do these unkind people have a loved one in the Home? no they are just jumping on the bandwagon to criticize residential care. It is a home with the highest standard of care and we visit often. How can these people say " CQC go in and believe what they are told" what rubbish. I have been involved in my own working life in many care homes and this is not the case often the inspectors spend a whole day checking paperwork, care plans etc and speaking to the residents and staff in private... they are professionals and they can quickly spot a resident who is scared to tell the truth. Yes there are some bad places but this in not one of them.
As for why were the police not called earlier ... well I know that the police were called within ten minutes of the poor man going missing. Dont these awful judgemental people realise how demoralising it is for the poor staff who are caring for the residents at this home... who often giving their days off to do bbq etc for the people there. I am disgusted and i am sad for all the people involved in the care. The police and healthcare professionals were on site within 10 mins.

Best wishes to the poor man and his family
My friend is in Princess Alexandra House me and my husband are more than happy with the care. Do these unkind people have a loved one in the Home? no they are just jumping on the bandwagon to criticize residential care. It is a home with the highest standard of care and we visit often. How can these people say " CQC go in and believe what they are told" what rubbish. I have been involved in my own working life in many care homes and this is not the case often the inspectors spend a whole day checking paperwork, care plans etc and speaking to the residents and staff in private... they are professionals and they can quickly spot a resident who is scared to tell the truth. Yes there are some bad places but this in not one of them. As for why were the police not called earlier ... well I know that the police were called within ten minutes of the poor man going missing. Dont these awful judgemental people realise how demoralising it is for the poor staff who are caring for the residents at this home... who often giving their days off to do bbq etc for the people there. I am disgusted and i am sad for all the people involved in the care. The police and healthcare professionals were on site within 10 mins. Best wishes to the poor man and his family Katie123456789987654321
  • Score: 3

11:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Kayla flower says...

My relative lives here & is more than happy with treatment received in this home. Having looked round others in the area this was by far the best. All staff are ready to help whenever help is needed. Been no delays in calling ambulance when needed after a fall. There is always a range of activities on offer like person above said only couple of days before this incident the residents had a bbq & all sat up in the summerhouse at bottom of garden & members of staff that wasn't on duty even came to join in. Have had cakes baked by staff for residents birthdays. Residents are all treated respectfully & with dignity. It was a hard decision to put our relative in a home but Princess Alexandra by far made that transition smooth & made it feel a home from home. These judgmental people commenting on this have no clue & do not even know the difference of a residential care home or nursing home there are different levels of care given in each home & i feel saddened that people who do not even know what they are commenting on decide to jump in & judge. My thoughts & good wishes are with this man & his family at this time.
My relative lives here & is more than happy with treatment received in this home. Having looked round others in the area this was by far the best. All staff are ready to help whenever help is needed. Been no delays in calling ambulance when needed after a fall. There is always a range of activities on offer like person above said only couple of days before this incident the residents had a bbq & all sat up in the summerhouse at bottom of garden & members of staff that wasn't on duty even came to join in. Have had cakes baked by staff for residents birthdays. Residents are all treated respectfully & with dignity. It was a hard decision to put our relative in a home but Princess Alexandra by far made that transition smooth & made it feel a home from home. These judgmental people commenting on this have no clue & do not even know the difference of a residential care home or nursing home there are different levels of care given in each home & i feel saddened that people who do not even know what they are commenting on decide to jump in & judge. My thoughts & good wishes are with this man & his family at this time. Kayla flower
  • Score: 3

7:29am Fri 1 Aug 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Get Dawn Barnett over there. She will find out what's going on. Don't bother with the dozy Greens representing the city, they aren't interested unless there's a PR photoshoot opportunity.
Get Dawn Barnett over there. She will find out what's going on. Don't bother with the dozy Greens representing the city, they aren't interested unless there's a PR photoshoot opportunity. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 0

9:09am Fri 1 Aug 14

zapstar says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Get Dawn Barnett over there. She will find out what's going on. Don't bother with the dozy Greens representing the city, they aren't interested unless there's a PR photoshoot opportunity.
Have u just read the comment by goldenwright above & decided to do just what he/she said & try to move away from the subject & put it onto how much u hate the greens & how tories will sort out this??? ARE YOU TOTALLY INSANE???? At this sad time there is obviously a very sad man threatening to self harm & one of the best residential homes in Brighton being slated by a bunch of people who obviously have no clue or first hand information on the place!
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Get Dawn Barnett over there. She will find out what's going on. Don't bother with the dozy Greens representing the city, they aren't interested unless there's a PR photoshoot opportunity.[/p][/quote]Have u just read the comment by goldenwright above & decided to do just what he/she said & try to move away from the subject & put it onto how much u hate the greens & how tories will sort out this??? ARE YOU TOTALLY INSANE???? At this sad time there is obviously a very sad man threatening to self harm & one of the best residential homes in Brighton being slated by a bunch of people who obviously have no clue or first hand information on the place! zapstar
  • Score: 0

11:28am Fri 1 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

Very sad,
You get Retirement homes then Care homes and then Nursing Homes.
Retirement home is pretty much just an old folks home and they can come do as they wish. Care homes are for people who need some basic care and attention with their daily needs. Nursing homes are for people who need daily nursing care - and these employ qualified nurses.
Very sad, You get Retirement homes then Care homes and then Nursing Homes. Retirement home is pretty much just an old folks home and they can come do as they wish. Care homes are for people who need some basic care and attention with their daily needs. Nursing homes are for people who need daily nursing care - and these employ qualified nurses. sussexram40
  • Score: 2

11:33am Fri 1 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

zapstar wrote:
Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Get Dawn Barnett over there. She will find out what's going on. Don't bother with the dozy Greens representing the city, they aren't interested unless there's a PR photoshoot opportunity.
Have u just read the comment by goldenwright above & decided to do just what he/she said & try to move away from the subject & put it onto how much u hate the greens & how tories will sort out this??? ARE YOU TOTALLY INSANE???? At this sad time there is obviously a very sad man threatening to self harm & one of the best residential homes in Brighton being slated by a bunch of people who obviously have no clue or first hand information on the place!
Yup! Maxwells ghost is a bit of a d!ckhead
[quote][p][bold]zapstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Get Dawn Barnett over there. She will find out what's going on. Don't bother with the dozy Greens representing the city, they aren't interested unless there's a PR photoshoot opportunity.[/p][/quote]Have u just read the comment by goldenwright above & decided to do just what he/she said & try to move away from the subject & put it onto how much u hate the greens & how tories will sort out this??? ARE YOU TOTALLY INSANE???? At this sad time there is obviously a very sad man threatening to self harm & one of the best residential homes in Brighton being slated by a bunch of people who obviously have no clue or first hand information on the place![/p][/quote]Yup! Maxwells ghost is a bit of a d!ckhead ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Ricayboy says...

I know this home well and it's a lovely place and the staff are excellent.
I know this home well and it's a lovely place and the staff are excellent. Ricayboy
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Wilson53 says...

I can't believe all the rubbish that has been written without even knowing what went on!
This 'Residential' home has Top marks in every aspect about the care the residents receive, all the staff are brilliant at there jobs & all the residents are very well cared for!
The door to this home is 'open' 24/7 if any of you absolute idiots would like to inspect it, but I guess your stuck on your computers writing c**p that you know nothing about! Grow up & get a life.
I can't believe all the rubbish that has been written without even knowing what went on! This 'Residential' home has Top marks in every aspect about the care the residents receive, all the staff are brilliant at there jobs & all the residents are very well cared for! The door to this home is 'open' 24/7 if any of you absolute idiots would like to inspect it, but I guess your stuck on your computers writing c**p that you know nothing about! Grow up & get a life. Wilson53
  • Score: 2

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