It would be helpful if the home nursing service for the elderly and disabled were able to take a more personal interest in those they care for. The numbers of those found to be neglected each year is pretty horrific. Are there not enough community health care workers?
Woman close to death after home nursing discontinued - National - smh.com.au
AN ELDERLY woman found close to death in a putrid house she shared with her son was visited several times by health authorities, who ruled in the weeks before her rescue that she did not need home nursing.
Police found Mary Reeves, 79, of Lismore Heights, in such a shocking state that even veteran officers have described the case as horrific.
For more than a year Mrs Reeves, a cancer patient, had been mostly confined to a room in her Oakshott Street home.
She had been left to the care of her son Christopher, 39, and was visited occasionally by nurses from the North Coast Area Health Service.
Police and ambulance officers found her on March 17 lying comatose in a pool of excrement, struggling to breathe and covered in sores. They had initially been denied access to the house by Mr Reeves, but insisted on entering, a police report states.
Police have not laid any charges.