Man Dies in Hot Van while Caregiver Napped

First, let me say that the victim involved in this incident had Down Syndrome. It’s not that I am saying Down Syndrome and Autism are equivalent. But I look on this as an important wake-up call for all caregivers out there, who are handling clients with challenges.

Caregivers need to take their power of life-or-death immensely seriously. They have to be wholly engaged every minute. That’s true whether the person in question has Down Syndrome, Autism, is an infant, is a senior, has lost limb mobility, or whatever the situation is.

Every moment matters. Minor lapses can lead to heart-rending results.

This caregiver didn’t mean to kill the person he cared for. He was traumatized when he realized what had happened. But it never SHOULD have happened.

Image of dove sourced from Pixabay / artist 6248913

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