Double tragedy as blind disabled woman dies alone after her elderly husband who was her full-time carer suddenly passed away in their multimillion dollar Sydney home
- The couple, both in their 80s, were found dead inside their home on Tuesday
- A crime scene has been established and will be examined by forensic officers
- Police said they believe the husband died naturally and his wife died later
A ‘fiercely independent’ elderly couple have been found dead in their multi-million dollar home in Sydney‘s northern beaches.
NSW Police were alerted to concerns for the pair’s welfare in a house on Bynya Road in Palm Beach shortly before 9am on Tuesday and discovered two bodies inside the property.
Police do not believe the deaths are suspicious, but a crime scene has been established and will be examined by forensic officers.
An elderly couple aged have been found dead in a home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches
The identities of the deceased, who are both in their 80s, are yet to be released and the family are yet to be formally notified.
But in a statement on Facebook, police revealed they believe the husband died naturally and his wife – who was blind and disabled – later died due to a lack of care.
They described the deceased couple as ‘fiercely independent’ and said that their closest family members lived abroad.
‘The husband was the carer for his life-long partner who was blind and had other disabilities,’ the statement said.
‘The couple consistently refused aged care assistance and medical support but were coping with their challenges
“CareCallingNow is a solution for those who family & friends who live too far away visit or call every-day” Sadly the carer passed first leaving the cared for without help
‘Although yet to be confirmed by autopsies, we believe the husband has passed away naturally, unfortunately leaving the wife with no means of support.
‘She has subsequently died due to a lack of care.’
Police also urged members of the community to check on their elderly parents and neighbours to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.
‘Whilst we believe there are no suspicious circumstances this is an opportunity to reflect on this tragedy and think about our elderly parents and neighbours and what we can do as a community and as individuals to prevent a recurrence of this terrible event,’ the statement added.
‘If you are concerned about a neighbour who you haven’t seen, knock on their door or give us a ring.
‘We are more than happy to check on the welfare of the elderly.’
Double tragedy as blind disabled woman dies alone after her elderly husband who was her full-time carer suddenly passed away
Police officer tells people to get off Facebook, reach out to elderly after isolated couple found dead
A police officer has penned a poignant online plea, telling people to spend more time with senior citizens after an elderly couple with no close relatives in Sydney were found dead in their northern beaches home.
- It is unclear how long the elderly couple had been dead before they were discovered
- Their bodies were found by police, who say they “probably” died of natural causes
- They have been described as “fiercely independent” and had no close family in Sydney
Superintendent Dave Darcy told people to reach out to the elderly in the community.
“I reckon [they] should get off their Facebook for 20 minutes and spend a bit of time with some older people and get to understand what they’re about,” he said.
“Life is a team game and you need a few other people around you to make sure you’re successful, sometimes.
“Our elderly, particularly in that 70s to 80s group, are completely left behind in terms of social media and a friend to them isn’t a click of a button.”A friend to them is someone who exchanges eye contact and genuinely cares about them.”
Officers found the bodies of Geoffrey and Anne Iddon in their Palm Beach home shortly before 9:00am on Tuesday but it is unknown how long they had been deceased for.
Police released details of their discovery on the Northern Beaches Local Area Command Facebook page.
Superintendent Darcy said the husband was the carer for his wife, who was blind and had a number of disabilities.
“It’s our view that he has probably passed away naturally,” he said.
“Unfortunately his wife is very dependent on his care, as such she has become vulnerable and unfortunately passed away.
“They [were] a fiercely independent couple, life-long partners, where the husband was a very good and diligent carer of his wife.
“They were very resistant to help from health services and medical services.”
Superintendent Darcy said the couple’s closest relatives lived overseas and it was a neighbour who initially raised the alarm with police.
“It’s just a tragic circumstance and a reminder to us all that we need to look after our elderly,” he said.