A friend of mine was telling me about an elderly man who passed away in his apartment, three weeks having passed before anyone found him. Upon hearing that, it made me so sad, also mad. It all started when the elderly man came home from shopping and the handi-bus driver noticed he had bought a television and knew the man, who lived on the second floor, would need help getting his purchase to his apartment. So the driver did just that, setting everything down outside the man’s apartment. Weeks later it was still sitting there and someone decided to do a welfare check and the man was found deceased.
How appalling that nobody noticed this man hadn’t been seen by his family, friends and other residents on the floor, or the management of the apartment building. The TV still sitting there, outside his apartment should have been a big clue. Apparently no one cared enough to check on his well being. Even if you don’t know your neighbor personally, or don’t even like them, if you haven’t seen them in a few days, is it really too much trouble to check on them?