Vernon Hough Biography
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Vernon Hough, a 61-year-old father of four, was found fatally secured at a police headquarters in Wrexham in May, just a mile from his nursing home, where he was ‘dedicated’ to its 40 elderly residents.
The head of a nursing home was shot dead in a police parking lot after fighting to cope with the pandemic and fearing it would spread Covid-19 to its elderly residents, an investigation heard today.
Wrexham – just a mile from his care home where he was ‘devoted’ to his 40 elderly residents
His heartbroken wife Louise told a medical examiner that it was difficult for her to cope with the suffering of residents, obtain personal protective equipment and try to get medical help.
Ms. Hough said, “I wasn’t afraid to get it, I was afraid to spread it.”
According to the investigation, the police found Mr. Hough in his parking lot in Llay, Wrexham, on May 21 with the door open and the gun exposed.
Mr. Hough ran the Gwastad Hall Nursing Home in a 19th century country house in Wrexham, caring for 40 residents with his wife, Nurse Louise.
North, East and Center Wales Deputy Medical Examiner David Pojur recorded a suicide finding in Ruthin’s investigation.
He said: “This is a very sad death, when the pressure of working during the pandemic had overwhelmed his husband.”
Mr. Pojur said the situation had affected his mental health and that “it became too much for him.”
His staff have planted a memory tree in honor of his boss at his nursing home, describing him as a ‘special man who will forever be in our hearts …’
Gwastad Hall opened in 1987 after the Hough family converted the old hall on the 11-acre site in Cefyn-y-Bedd into a nursing home.
Grandpa Vernon described him as a labor of love to care for the residents, with many of them describing him as a ‘surrogate father’.
Mr Hough was described as ‘devoted’ to his residents by Care Forum Wales
Mario Kreft CBE, President of Care Forum Wales, said: ‘We were deeply saddened and moved to hear the tragic news about Vernon and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Vernon and his wife Louise have long supported Care Forum Wales and Gwastad Hall has been a valued and highly respected part of the community for many years.
“ His immediate family, friends, as well as dedicated staff and residents will miss him greatly. ”
Care Forum Wales represents more than nursing homes, nursing homes and other independent health and social care providers across Wales.
He called for a public inquiry into the Welsh government’s handling of the crisis, and wants it to look into the lack of evidence, the availability and cost of personal protective equipment and the lack of financial support.
Mr Kreft said: ‘This is a crisis that cannot be ignored. We are very concerned about the way this pandemic has been managed and the tragic costs of these decisions on human lives. Clearly, you have to answer the questions and accept responsibility ”.
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