Tragic - extraordinary - preventable?

Discussion in 'Dementia-related news and campaigns' started by Katrine, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. Katrine

    Katrine Registered User

    Jan 20, 2011
    2,850
    England
    In today's news is the tragic story of an elderly CH resident shooting dead another resident (apparently a relative) with a revolver. No, not in America, ...... in Essex. :eek: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35189664

    It never occurred to me that newly arrived CH residents should have their belongings checked for weapons or hazardous substances. Even after admission, residents could go to the shops and come back with a bottle of bleach, or a kitchen knife. :eek:

    I can foresee a whole new set of H&S forms to fill in, inspections to be undertaken, training to be given.
    If it can happen once, however bizarre and unlikely, then it could happen again. :(
     
  2. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,713
    Female
    London
    It gets even more topical when you read that this was in fact a husband visiting his dementia-stricken wife for Christmas. As to all the people in the article astounded about a gun smuggled into the care home, not sure why they are so surprised. As long as there are no airport style scanners at the entrance, this would be easy enough, provided you had a gun in the first place.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...sted-woman-80s-shot-dead-care-home-Essex.html
     
  3. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,850
    Female
    Scotland
    So is this a "mercy killing"? Seems a very dramatic action for elderly people. How tragic.
     
  4. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,561
    Kent
    Apparently he thought she`d suffered enough. :(
     
  5. starryuk

    starryuk Registered User

    Nov 8, 2012
    1,299
    I think I read somewhere that he was actually staying in the home with her over Christmas. So tragic for everyone involved.
     
  6. Quilty

    Quilty Registered User

    Aug 28, 2014
    1,056
    GLASGOW
    It sounds like a man who could not face the thought of being parted from his wife again. So tragic that he was not able to live with his wife. What an ordeal fir everyone, especially the care home manager who got the gun off him.
     
  7. Spiro

    Spiro Registered User

    Mar 11, 2012
    522
    On ITV news last night, they said he'd been staying there for one week, and they also mentioned that his wife had dementia.

    I wonder if he had a licence for the gun.
     

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