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Elderly man starves to death two days after caregiver dies

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Source: ejinsight

Youtube: Appledaily

 

 

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An 84-year-old man was found dead in a public housing flat, apparently from starvation. The man, surnamed Chiu, and his 61-year-old son-in-law had been dead several days before their bodies were found on Sunday by policemen and firemen who broke into their flat in Tin Shui Wai.

 

The officers were responding to a complaint by residents of Yiu Man House in Tin Yiu Estate about a foul smell. Apple Daily is reporting that Chiu tried to call for help after his son-in-law, who suffered from an unspecified illness, fell from his bed. The younger man, surnamed Chu, had been looking after Chiu who was confined to a wheelchair. They died two days apart, with Chu succumbing first, leaving Chiu to starve. There were no signs of a struggle or foul play, police investigators said, pending an autopsy.

 

Chu ran an electronics waste recycling business in the Central American country of Belize where he had obtained citizenship. When his business closed, he came to Hong Kong and received recognizance from the Immigration Department which allowed him to take up residency and care for Chiu. Chu’s wife is believed to be living in Shenzhen.

 

Legislator Fernando Cheung called for improved elderly community care services to avoid a repeat of the tragedy. Elderly people who are unable to take care of themselves wait at least six months for such services, he said.

 

In 2009, an elderly woman lived with her dead twin sister for several days before being found. A social worker blamed the Housing Department for lax monitoring of living conditions in public housing estates, saying it has not learned from such tragedies.

 

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This is such a sad story. Through better living conditions, improved knowledge on medicine and medical care we / all nations will find an increasing age population which needs to be matched by improving social care. More certainly needs to be done to ensure that people are not neglected in their old age. If nothing or not enough is done it could be us who find ourselves confined within four walls and unable to look after and feed ourselves.

 

What must be highlighted about this tragic case is the fact that Mr Chiu did havesomeone to look after him - Mr Chu, his son in law. It was most unfortunate that something happened to him and Mr Chiu was unable to raise an sort of alarm. Vulnerable elderly should be give some sort of panic alarm which they can press if needed.

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In modern society young adults & everyone else who's under the retirement age don't give a damn anymore about the elders and what happens to them.

It's a fault of our over commercialised society and the urge to have more & get more. The favorite phrase about is "Me MYself and I and all the rest can go to hell". It's a shame that society has come to this stage. Young people should care more about elders who have worked hard all their life to give us what we have now.. Same thing on public transport. I see it very often that young schoolkids hang on a chair lazy and refuse to give their seat to an older person or a pregnant woman. I as an older guy ( almost 44 ) with 2 busted knees still get up for anyone in need because when i was young we were taught to do so. These day kids are taught not to give a damn about others. Society gone to hell i'd say.

 

It's a sad case father and son died alone away from anyone else. If social welfare & social services would be better things like this would not happen so often. One thing positive about this is that both men did not die alone. They were together up to their last moment.

 

Nobody wants to die alone.

Edited by Doraemon1971

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A lot of funding and care will be required given the ever increasing population in HK. Possibly an impossible task.

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that is sad to hear. the government should do something about it to help the people who are in need.

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