An elderly woman has starved to death after her husband and main carer passed away in their Palm Beach home in Sydney.
Concerned friends of the couple, aged in their 80s, called police after no-one had heard from them in two to three weeks.
After finding the couple in their multi-million dollar home yesterday, Northern Beaches Police Commander Detective Superintendent Dave Darcy made a plea for neighbours to look out for each other, especially those that are a little older.
“A fiercely independent ¬elderly couple have been found dead in their home at Palm Beach earlier today,” he said.
“Both in their eighties, the husband was the carer for his lifelong partner, who was blind and had other disabilities.
“The couple consistently ¬refused aged care assistance and medical support but were coping with their challenges. Closest next of kin lived overseas.’’
“We believe the husband has passed away naturally, ¬unfortunately leaving the wife with no means of support. She has subsequently died due to a lack of care,’’ Supt Darcy said.
“This is an opportunity to reflect on this tragedy and think about our elderly parents and neighbours and what we can do as a community and as individuals to prevent a recurrence of this terrible event.’’
The detective also dispelled fears people might have over calling the police if they’re concerned for elderly neighbours and family members.
“Knock on their door or give us a ring. We are more than happy to check on the welfare of the elderly.
“You can also contact the Elder Abuse Hotline (1800-628221) if you feel someone isn’t getting the appropriate level of care.’’