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Age Concern responds to rest-home death

Media Release
Age Concern New Zealand
20 August, 2012

Age Concern responds to rest-home death.

Age Concern New Zealand is speaking out following the death of an 80-year-old man.

The man died in Christchurch hospital on July 31, following a three month stay at a Rangiora rest-home. He is reported to have been suffering from urine scalds and bedsores.

The man spent three months at the facility, where his family faced multiple challenges in dealing with issues relating to his care.

Age Concern’s National President Evelyn Weir, says it appears this man did not receive the care and support he needed in his final days, and as a result may have endured physical and mental trauma.

“Rest homes should be places where older people can be assured of appropriate and timely care.

“Care should be of a standard that minimises the risk of skin deterioration and maximises wellbeing.

“Anything short of this standard is neglect, and is completely unacceptable.”

Age Concern advises anyone with concerns about a person’s welfare while living in residential care to approach management. A local Age Concern can support them to do this. Another option is to contact the Health and Disability Advocacy Service.

A formal complain can also be laid with the local District Health Board.

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