Plea after tragedy
PUBLISHED: 16:24 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010
CARE experts have urged elderly people who may be at risk to seek help following the tragic deaths of pensioners Jean and Derek Randall. Nick
CARE experts have urged elderly people who may be at risk to seek help following the tragic deaths of pensioners Jean and Derek Randall.
Nick Bruce, owner of Nettlestead Retirement Home in Bromley, has stressed that help is available for vulnerable people, and urged families not to put off hiring help.
Mr Randall was found dead with his wife at their Northamptonshire home, prompting a review into social services in the area.
Mr Bruce said: "This is a truly tragic case but there is help for elderly people who choose to stay at home rather than moving into care.
"People need to see homes and carers as tools of support, not the beginning of the end of their lives."
Joan Garry, assistant manager of homecare for Nettlestead, said people needed to approach their council as a first step.
She added: "Help is means-tested, so money shouldn't be a problem. Family members who don't live nearby might ask neighbours to call round for a cup of tea.
"We also have Carelink buttons installed in the homes of our homecare clients - if the person needs help they can just press the button.