Doncaster sheltered housing residents warden concerns after man lay dead for up to four days

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Residents at a sheltered housing complex where a retired journalist lay dead for up to four days before he was discovered by a cleaner have criticised the lack of wardens.

Bert Nesbitt, 73 was found dead in his flat at Silver Jubilee Court in Wheatley Hills earlier this month.

Residents there said they were concerned that vulnerable and elderly people were being left for days without seeing anyone after Doncaster Council ended the warden service two years ago.

One resident said it was just a matter of time before a death occurred which could have been prevented by a timely warden’s visit.

Doncaster Council’s Assistant Director of Adult Social Care, Pat Higgs, said: “Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Ensuring the health, well-being and safety of vulnerable adults in Doncaster is a top priority for the Council. Over 6,000 people in Doncaster benefit from having a pendant alarm and the support this brings to keeping them safe, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, the Council also offers residents a wide variety of tailored Telecare solutions designed to support them to maintain their well-being and independence.”