Praise for a quick-thinking 99-year-old

SIR – How wonderful that a 99-year-old lady was alert enough and aware of the habits of her neighbour to realise that something was wrong. May I hazard a guess however, there was no warden on duty? Of course, I may not be right but the statistics are risi

SIR - How wonderful that a 99-year-old lady was alert enough and aware of the habits of her neighbour to realise that something was wrong.

May I hazard a guess however, there was no warden on duty? Of course, I may not be right but the statistics are rising now of residents of sheltered housing who collapse unfound sometimes for days, and sometimes for weeks.

The problem being that the housing provider has gone over to floating staff or mobile wardens, They often have no knowledge of the circumstances of a resident so miss the indications that suggest they are unwell.

Quite frankly mobile staff are increasingly appearing to be a danger to residents rather than a help.


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It, unfortunately, is all to do with the government who have concluded that they can do away with wardens in sheltered housing and the results of this policy are becoming very evident.

CHAIRMAN

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