Parish care schemes target the vulnerable

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PARISH-run community support schemes could be strengthened to prevent people falling through the net welfare experts said following a serious case review into the death of a man who died alone after repeatedly refusing help.

The man, who was in his 70s and is known only as Mr Fisher to protect his identity, was found dead at his home 'some time' after passing away.

The authorities were unable to establish a cause or time of death.

Mr Fisher had consistently refused to attend hospital appointments or allow care workers into his home.

The review, which was carried out by independent consultant Alan Coe, found, however, that while Mr Fisher was non-compliant with centralised health and social services, he was often more amenable when dealing with local community officers.

Glenys Johnston, chair of the Safeguarding Partnership Board, said that Mr Fisher often responded better to the 'informal' approach of local voluntary officers.

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