Husband recalls last moments with dying wife
STUART Floyd can't remember the exact words spoken when he last saw his wife but he does recall her positive outlook.
Mr Floyd had driven with his children Lachlan and Chloe from their Brisbane home to visit Mrs Floyd at BE Lifestyle's Yandina Creek care home on October 6, 2013.
"I didn't know until we got there how sick she was," Mr Floyd said.
They went into the garden of the home to spend time together because Mrs Floyd was too ill to travel.
"We were originally hoping to go to Coolum."
Mr Floyd said his wife spoke very highly of a state government disability services worker who was organising for her to move to another care facility.
"She was definitely positive."
At the end of the visit, Mr Floyd took his children to the beach and his wife went in an ambulance to Nambour General Hospital.
Neither of them knew at the time that it was to be their last moments together as a family.
Mrs Floyd died four days later after it emerged a pressure sore on her lower back had become septic.
Mr Floyd's inquiries in the weeks and months after his wife's death led him to speak with former BE Lifestyle carers who had been dismissed shortly after Mrs Floyd's passing.
He could not get past the fact was his wife had been in recovering in Princess Alexandra Hospital for about a year before she was discharged into the care of BE Lifestyle in late August 2013 and had then died less than six weeks later.
His conversations with the former BE Lifestyle employees prompted him to write to the coroner to request his wife's death be further investigated.
He came to understand the company's management did not want his wife in the home and were eager to move her out.
It made him reflect on the times when daily calls he and his children made to Mrs Floyd were not put through.
"It seemed to be dependant on the carer (who answered the phone)," Mr Floyd said.
He accepted the explanations at the time as to why they couldn't speak but is no longer sure they were always truthful.
"That was the only thing she (Mrs Floyd) lived for... to talk to those kids every day."
Mr Floyd said he was surprised by some of the evidence given during the seven days of witness appearances at the coroner's inquest into his wife's death.
He did not know she had been found lying on a deflated air mattress, or that a set of 10 rules had been drafted in a BE Lifestyle file note as conditions on Mrs Floyd's return from Nambour General Hospital's psychiatric ward.
BE Lifestyle insisted the proposed rules, which included no visits from children and a requirement for weekly payment of accommodation bills, were never implemented.
Mr Floyd said he was relieved as he walked from Maroochydore Court House on Wednesday after the last evidence was given.
He hoped the process would one day give his children insight into their mother's death and he hoped it would have positive ramifications for other quadriplegic people.
"They are totally reliant on care.
"They rely on these types of places, these private places, to look after people.
"As much as it is a business, there still needs to be some compassion and morals and standards to show it is not just a business."