The daughter of a man who died after just ten days at a Birmingham nursing home which was investigated over a string of deaths said she was worried about the level of care, an inquest heard.
Hazel Bicknell said she did not believe her father Leslie Vines was being given enough food and was placed on new medication at the Maypole Nursing Home in Kings Heath, Birmingham.
She sobbed as she told an inquest at Sutton Town Hall she turned up to find him wearing ill-fitting clothes belonging to other residents and claimed a lack of nurses allowed patients to wander the corridors.
The former builder was also dressed in “nappies” despite the fact he was not incontinent, said Mrs Bicknell.
War veteran Mr Vines, aged 77, died from pneumonia less than two weeks after moving to the home on Alcester Road in Maypole in September 2002.
His death was among several during a short space of time at the home which sparked an investigation.
“My mother said she went to see him and he seemed ravenous,” Mrs Bicknell told the jury.
“I believe he was not being given enough food. Breakfast was just put in front of them and there was no encouragement to eat it.
“One day they were given stew but there was only a few bits of cabbage and carrot put on his plate.
“ My dad had a good appetite and he loved a cup of tea but they just kept giving him watery orange juice.
“He lost weight very quickly and he also seemed very lethargic.”
Mrs Bicknell said she was also concerned after arriving to see her father being “yanked up” off the floor by a member of staff who grabbed the waistband of his trousers after falling.
But she later admitted during cross examination that she had only sought to raise concerns after being contacted in March 2003 by the Care Standards Agency.
The inquest is expected to last three weeks and more than 30 witnesses, including the former owners and several nurses, will be called to give evidence.