Council and care agency ‘failed to safeguard welfare or dignity’ of man who died in squalid flat

19 September 2019 – Community Care

A safeguarding adult review has found that the council and a care provider failed to safeguard the welfare and dignity of an older man who self-neglected and died alone in filthy conditions.

The investigation was carried out on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board, and found Cornwall council’s adult social care service showed “no apparent concern” that the 70-year-old, ‘Paul’, was living surrounded by buckets of faeces and bottles of urine.

Paul had been receiving home care services since early March, but the investigation found no evidence he had been properly involved in his needs assessment, nor provided with an advocate to overcome his ‘substantial difficulty’ in being involved – contrary to Care Act 2014 requirements.

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